- Beinecke Scholar (2011)
Kip Hutchins was awarded a 2011 Beinecke Scholarship that he can apply to the graduate school of his choice. Hutchins plans to use the award to further his Mongolian studies following his projected May 2012 graduation. A Hutton Honors College scholar double majoring in linguistics and folklore and ethnomusicology in the IU College of Arts and Sciences, he is one of 20 students nationwide to receive a Beinecke Scholarship, and the seventh IU student to win the award, which was established in 1971. At just 16, Hutchins began college at Appalachian State University near his Western North Carolina home, transferring to IU a year later to pursue his interests in folklore and linguistics. In 2011 he traveled to Mongolia to conduct research on communication -- in particular, music used to communicate -- between the members of a settled Mongolian community within a dominant historical culture of nomadism.