Senior Kayleigh Miranda awarded prestigious scholarship
August 24, 2016
The 2016 Kathryn A. Head Scholarship was awarded on August 5 at the annual McNair Scholars Research Banquet toKayleigh Miranda (Music) and John Etta Rasberry (Kinesiology). As both Scholars were such strong candidates, the scholarship committee divided the award this year giving each winner the sum of $250. Selection was based on the applicant’s essay, GPA, letters of recommendation and commitment to pursuing research and the professoriate.
Kayleigh began her research as a McNair Scholar in the summer of 2015, focusing on composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Due to her excellent work that summer under the direction of Dr. Graham Hunt, Kayleigh was offered a second summer of research in 2016 subsidized by the UTA McNair Scholars Program. She continued her research on Mozart, again under the mentorship of Dr. Hunt, but changed her focus from Mozart’s view and use of the flute in his compositions to his depiction in the film Amadeus, as influenced by director Milos Forman’s use of the memoirs of Mozart’s librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte.
Kayleigh presented her 2015 research at the University of Arizona Graduate Student Music Conference in Tucson. She is currently a member of the UTA Honors College and will graduate in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Music degree (All-Level Instrumental Emphasis).