Second IMC Krems Music Therapy graduate wins Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy honorary prize

Annekatrin Kessler BSc., a graduate of the university’s Music Therapy master programme, has won the honorary prize of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy for her master thesis, which looked at emotional processes in music therapy for people with (complex) post-traumatic stress disorder. Funded by the student support scheme, the prize has been awarded since 1990. Each year, the 50 best post-graduate and master theses written by students at Austrian universities and universities of applied sciences are selected (from a total of 16,000 per year), with the winners receiving EUR 3,000. The nominees are put forward by the universities or the Austrian Association of Universities of Applied Sciences.

The IMC Krems is very proud of their succesful graduates.

For the second time since Astrid Heine in 2015, an IMC Krems Music Therapy graduate has won this high-level distinction.

“We are very proud of our master students’ achievements, which are underlined by this outstanding award. The Josef Ressel Centre, our centre of excellence for research, which is dedicated to devising evidence-based scientific principles for personalised music therapy in selected areas of neurological rehabilitation, has played a significant part in this success,” commented Professor Gerhard Tucek, head of the Therapeutic Sciences Institute and director of the Josef Ressel Centre.

“This is an excellent thesis, which points to the use of a solid academic approach. The outstanding style is coupled with a clear, consistent structure, impeccable layout and appropriate language. The student also demonstrates mature, creative thinking, as well as analytical and critical reflection. The deductions that form the basis for the findings are convincing, and the findings themselves are extremely significant for music therapy research and practice,” explained thesis supervisor Claudia Wenzel in her assessment.

One regional and one local award for IMC Krems graduates

Besides the honorary prize of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, IMC Krems graduates recently picked up two further accolades.

Doris Carson wins Lower Austrian Abroad Award

Tourism alumna Doris Carson, currently a researcher at the Department of Geography and Economic History at Umeå University in Sweden, received the Lower Austrian provincial government’s Lower Austrian Abroad Award in the Talent Award category.  The award was presented by governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner at a gala event held at Palais Niederösterreich in Vienna. IMC Krems Rector Eva Werner gave a speech in honour of the winner. Since completing her degree in Krems, Styrian-born Doris Carson has travelled to a number of countries, including Australia, to carry out tourism research. She is currently based in Sweden. In a video message from the Australian outback, where she is involved in a research project, she expressed her gratitude for the award, with a special mention for her alma mater, IMC Krems. With Doris Carson on the other side of the world, Christian Maurer of IMC Krems accepted the accolade on her behalf.

Krems Cooperation Research Award for Theresa Brandstetter

Based at Technopol Krems, the Biotec Area Krems association presents the Krems Cooperation Research Award in recognition of outstanding academic achievements. This year, Theresa Brandstetter received the award for her bachelor paper on new aspects in type 1 diabetes. The paper was based on a research project she carried out at Harvard University in the US. According to the judges, the innovative nature of the research method was the outstanding feature of the clearly structured paper.

“It was a week filled with pleasure and pride in our students and alumni, in which we picked up three awards: one national, one regional and one local. This shows that our unswerving focus on quality in teaching and research is drawing attention as well as earning recognition,” said a highly satisfied Professor Karl Ennsfellner, CEO at IMC Krems.

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