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UNT doctoral students win fellowships

A University of North Texas saxophone performance student will travel to China this summer for a Fulbright grant, and a musicology student will travel to Germany for research this summer.

Jason Pockrus, who is studying the saxophone, will conduct research at Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, China, for the Fulbright grant to learn about classical Chinese music.

Kimary Fick won a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service to conduct research on music in early German Enlightenment, and its relationship to philosophies during the time periods.

Applications accepted for Mayborn awards

Applications for scholarships and awards at the annual Mabyorn Literary Nonfiction Conference will be accepted until June 20.

The Dallas Morning News will present five Minority Awards to students from racial and ethnic minority groups who are currently enrolled in college or graduated in May. Students must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average.

There are also three Mayborn Emerging Writer Awards for undergraduate and graduate-level students enrolled in writing degree programs, and professional writers. Applicants need to submit two narrative nonfiction works that have been published and enter another Mayborn writing contest.

Hispanic students in writing degree programs, professional Hispanic writers and those who write about Hispanic issues can apply for the two El Futuro Literario Awards. Applicants must submit five published clips or enter a Mayborn writing contest. One award will cover the registration and contest entry fee, and another will cover the same plus accommodations for the weekend.

Students enrolled in the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism can apply for the Mayborn Graduate Student Literary Journalism Award, which covers registration and the contest entry fee. Applicants need to submit a cover letter about their interest in the award and two published writing samples and enter a writing contest at the conference.

For more information or to apply for the awards, contact Kelly Briggs at 940-565-4778 or

Aleksandar Hermon to be artist-in-residence

Aleksandar Hermon, the author of The Lazarus Project, will serve as the artist-in-residence for the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts at UNT for the upcoming academic year.

Hermon will work with students, give lectures and work at the university over the course of five visits for a week to two weeks at a time throughout the year.

During his time with UNT, he plans to work on a series of essays on Vladimir Nabokov, author of Lolita.