UC graduates win Fulbright Awards

12 July 2018

Four University of Canterbury (UC) graduates are among the latest scholars to be granted Fulbright scholarships to study in the United States, while an American engineering academic has won a scholar award to conduct research at UC.

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    Melissa Derby, a UC doctoral candidate in the College of Education, Health and Human Development, is going to research critical theories of race, ethnicity and indigeneity at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, and at San Diego State University in San Diego, California. She's pictured at the Fulbright Awards ceremony with the Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Wellington Susan Niblock (left) and Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters.

Four University of Canterbury (UC) graduates are among the latest scholars to be granted Fulbright scholarships to study in the United States, while an American engineering academic has won a scholar award to conduct research at UC.

All the New Zealand graduate grant winners were honoured at the annual Fulbright New Zealand Awards Ceremony at Parliament last month and will head to the US soon to begin their Fulbright Programmes.

Fulbright-Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga Graduate Award

The Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Graduate Award is for a promising New Zealand graduate student to undertake postgraduate study or research at a US institution in the field of indigenous development.

  • Melissa Derby (Ngāti Ranginui), originally from Tauranga, is a UC doctoral candidate in the College of Education, Health and Human Development’s School of Teacher Education. Melissa, who attended Christchurch Girls’ High School, is going to research critical theories of race, ethnicity and indigeneity at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, and at San Diego State University in San Diego, California, towards her UC PhD in Education. Her thesis will contribute to the Literacy strand of A Better Start: E Tipu e Rea National Science Challenge.

Fulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Awards

These awards are for promising New Zealand graduate students to undertake postgraduate study or research at US institutions in fields targeted to support growth and innovation in New Zealand. Ten awards were granted this year, in partnership with the Science and Innovation group of the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment.

  • Dingcheng Luo from Christchurch attended Burnside High School and graduated with a BE (Hons) in Civil Engineering from UC in 2018. With his award, he is going to complete a PhD in Computational Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Isabelle Smith from Auckland graduated from UC with an LLB (Hons First Class) in 2018 and is currently completing a BSc in Geography with an Environmental Science endorsement also at UC. She is going to complete a Master’s of Law specialising in Environmental and Energy Law at Georgetown University.  

Fulbright New Zealand General Graduate Award

Fulbright New Zealand General Graduate Awards are for promising New Zealand graduate students to undertake postgraduate study or research at US institutions in any field.

  • Tess McClure from Wellington graduated with a BA and PGDip in Journalism from UC in 2013 and is the deputy editor of Vice NZ. With her award, Tess is planning to complete a Master’s of Arts degree specialising in Journalism at Columbia University in New York City.  

Fulbright US Scholar Awards

These awards are for US academics, artists or professionals to lecture and/or conduct research in New Zealand.

  • Tim Weihs from Baltimore, Maryland, will research and teach bio-degradable scaffolds and bio-degradable Mg (magnesium) alloys for use in the human body at UC. Tim is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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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