Catherine Crone ’13 Awarded UNC Chapel Hill Royster Fellowship

Catherine Crone '13
Catherine Crone '13

Catherine Crone ’13 has been awarded a Royster Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for graduate study in musicology beginning next fall. This prestigious fellowship is open to UNC graduate students in all departments and provides five years of financial support including tuition, fees and a $22,000 stipend each academic year. In 2012-2013 29 fellowships were awarded.

Crone is a mathematics and music major at Hamilton and will enter UNC’s Department of musicology. In 2011 she worked under an Emerson Summer Grant with Professor of Music Lydia Hamessley to create their project, “A Study of Banjo Instruction Manuals from the 19th Century.”

A Dean’s List student, Crone was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in October.  She is a member of the College Choir and was the recipient of the Madeleine Wild Bristol Prize Scholarship in Music at Hamilton’s 2012 Class and Charter Day.  She hopes to pursue a career in academe after UNC.

The Royster Program was developed collaboratively with doctoral programs across the Carolina campus to complement and strengthen graduate education opportunities at Chapel Hill. Fellows are nominated for membership by their prospective graduate programs and selected by a University-wide faculty committee.

During the first and final academic years of their programs, students focus exclusively on their studies and research. During the second through fourth years, they teach and/or conduct research within their graduate programs to develop their skills in teaching and research.

Through research seminars, Fellows from a wide range of academic areas share their ongoing research with each other, informing their graduate education and their perspectives on some of our world’s most significant challenges.

Royster funding covers the nine months of the academic year, however, the Fellow’s graduate program often provides additional research or teaching opportunities during the summer. Dissertation fellowships provide support for current graduate students as they finalize and write their dissertations. All Fellows receive unlimited opportunities for interdisciplinary and intellectual engagement, professional and leadership development, networking and career mentoring.

Entering students are selected from the most talented new students admitted to graduate programs at Carolina. Each program nominates a limited number of exceptional prospective students with outstanding academic and professional experience and achievement, and reflecting educational, geographic, gender, racial/ethnic, and personal diversity.

Crone is the daughter of Donna and Wilson Crone of Troy, N.Y., and a graduate of Troy High School.

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