Fulbright New Zealand 2017 grantees congratulated

22 June 2017

Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith has congratulated the 60 New Zealanders honoured as Fulbright grantees at a ceremony at Parliament, including six from the University of Canterbury.

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    UC graduate Alex Cheesebrough (pictured right) will use his Fulbright Award to complete a Master’s degree in Engineering Management at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He joined the UC Student Volunteer Army in 2013, serving as Vice-President in 2015 (when he met Prince Harry, pictured above), before becoming President in 2016.

Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith has congratulated the 60 New Zealanders honoured as Fulbright grantees at a ceremony at Parliament, including six from the University of Canterbury.

“Fulbright New Zealand provides opportunities for promising graduate students to complete a post- graduate degree at an American university in areas targeted to support growth and innovation in New Zealand,” Mr Goldsmith says.

“The United States is one of New Zealand’s top science and technology partners, accounting for approximately 25 per cent of all New Zealand’s international science connections. The Science and Innovation Graduate Award is designed to support the continued growth of this mutually beneficial relationship.”

Fulbright New Zealand Science and Innovation Graduate Award

The 2017 Science and Innovation Graduate Award recipients who are University of Canterbury graduates are:

  • Lottie Boardman will complete a Master of Environmental Management degree at Yale University in New Haven. She graduated with an LLB (Hons) and BSc in Biological Sciences and Philosophy from the University of Canterbury in 2014 and an LLM from Victoria University in 2016.
  • Hazelle Tomlin will complete a Master of Environmental Science specialising in Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting at Colorado State University. Hazelle graduated with a BSc in Geology and Geography from the University of Canterbury in 2016.
  • Paige Thomas will research the impact of skill training on motor neuron disease at Columbia University in New York, towards a PhD in Speech and Language Sciences at the University of Canterbury. She graduated with a BSc in 2013 from the University of Auckland and a Master of Speech and Language Pathology (MSLP) in 2015 from the University of Canterbury.
  • Richard Hunter will complete a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, specialising in space vehicle design and optimisation, at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Richard graduated with a BE (Hons) from the University of Canterbury in 2012.

The Science and Innovation Graduate Awards are offered in partnership with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. UC graduates were five of the 13 to receive a Science and Innovation Graduate Award, which are aimed at supporting New Zealand’s economic, social, environmental and cultural needs, and to build international science connections. The grantees are awarded up to US$31,000 each year, towards one year of study or research in the United States.

Fulbright New Zealand General Graduate Award

Alex Cheesebrough is the recipient of a Fulbright New Zealand General Graduate Award, and use it to complete a Master’s degree in Engineering Management at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Alex graduated with a BE (Hons) (First Class) from the University of Canterbury in 2016. He joined the UC Student Volunteer Army (SVA) in 2013, serving as Vice-President before becoming SVA President in 2016.

This award, valued up to US$35,000, is for promising New Zealand graduate students to undertake postgraduate study or research at US institutions in any field. Five were awarded in 2017.

Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Award

Professor Steven Ratuva is researching horizontal inequality, affirmative action and Pacific Island minorities at UCLA, Duke University and Georgetown University. Professor Ratuva is the Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies and a Professor at the University of Canterbury. Read more about his award here.

This award is for New Zealand academics, artists or professionals to lecture and/or conduct research in the US for three to five months. Six awards, valued up to US$37,500, were granted this year.

For more information about this year’s Fulbright grantees see the 2017 Fulbright New Zealand Grantees Booklet here.

For further information please contact:

Margaret Agnew, Senior External Relations Advisor, University of Canterbury
Phone: +64 3 369 3631 | Mobile: +64 275 030 168margaret.agnew@canterbury.ac.nz
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