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Research boost for brightest scholars

Hon Dr Michael Cullen

Minister for Tertiary Education

11 August 2006 / Media Statement

Research boost for brightest scholars

Twenty-four scholars will be undertaking vital research thanks to the latest Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarships, the Minister for Tertiary Education Dr Michael Cullen announced today.

“These scholarships have been set up to nurture high quality research in all disciplines, and support development of internationally competitive researchers and graduates,” Dr Cullen said.

The 24 scholars will get almost $2.8 million over the next three years of their study. While most of the scholars will undertake their research at a New Zealand university, some will carry out their studies at an overseas tertiary institution. On the completion of the scholarship, students conducting research overseas must return to New Zealand for a period equal to that of the scholarship.

The research supported includes:

- analysis of New Zealand’s export education industry and how to strategically manage its development.

- development of enhanced management practises for brown kiwi and brushtail possum through global positioning systems and geographic information systems.

“The research supported by the scholarships shows how tertiary education can be a driver of innovation and improved productivity, and underpin this country’s economic transformation,” Dr Cullen said.

Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarships are administered by the Tertiary Education Commission. The next round of applications for the scholarships closes on 15 December 2006.


List of successful recipients attached.


List of successful recipients of the Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarships – April 2006 round:

Name / Host Tertiary Education Organisation / Research Title / Total for Scholarship

Eyal Loz / University of Auckland / Structural Graph Theory / $95,520.00

Sophie Pack / Massey University / Monotone domain decomposition algorithms for singularly perturbed convection-diffusion problems / $89,658.00

Yu Wang / University of Auckland / Modelling smooth muscle contraction in airway smooth muscle / $95,520.00

Emese Toth / University of Otago / Correlations between bosons in an optical lattice / $94,903.00

Fern Kelly / Victoria University of Wellington / Multifunctional Textiles from Cotton, Wool and Possum Fur / $93,632.00

Kelly Kiplin / University of Waikato / The Chemistry of Cyclometallated Complexes / $94,066.00

Josua Lehr / University of Canterbury / Nanoscale Covalently Grafted Surface Films / $90,834.00

Karl Shaffer / Massey University / Proton Sponges as Potential Binders for Beryllium / $90,537.00

Kathryn Hempstalk / University of Waikato / Continuous Typist Recognition Using Machine Learning / $91,832.00

Qing Wang / Massey University / Logical Foundations of Database Transformations for Complex Value Databases / $86,129.00

Jessica Chai / University of Canterbury / Fabrication and Characterisation of ZnO Nanodevices for Optoelectronic Applications / $93,710.00

John McCormick / University of Auckland / Power Systems and Sensors for Implantable Medical Devices / $94,431.00

Helen Blackie / University of Auckland / Dispersal and habitat selection behaviour of the brown kiwi (Apteryx mantelli) and brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) characterised using global positioning systems / $93,436.00

Susan Cunningham / Massey University / Bill morphology and the evolution of prey-detection mechanisms in birds / $91,212.00

Jennifer Robson / University of Otago / The molecular basis of growth arrest in Mycobacterium tuberculosis / $97,500.00

Paul Fenton / University of Auckland / Object and face recognition, visual imagery and visual perception, imagery and autobiographical memory: Patient MH revisited / $94,431.30

In Hyeup (Thomas) Park / University of Auckland / Mechanisms of Neuronal Differentiation and Repair / $95,520.00

Anderson Wang / University of Oxford / Molecular Analysis of DNA Cross-link Repair / $305,962.00

Diane Campbell-Hunt / University of Otago / Community-driven biodiversity initiatives: issues of sustainability / $96,987.00

Annette Dunham / University of Canterbury / Encouraging work longevity in older workers: Predicting participation in career path opportunity structures / $94,474.00

Andrea Main / University of Auckland / Scaffolding for Success: Support for Beginning Urban Teachers Implementing Effective Pedagogy / $93,684.00

Liesl Nunns / University of Oxford / Nature Imagery in Archaic Greek Poetry / $235,650.00

Xi Zhong / University of Waikato / The Art of Managing a Global Knowledge Industry: New Zealand's Export Education Industry / $96,300.00

Kerry Tetzlaff / University of Cambridge / Achieving Compliance with Fisheries Conservation Measures on the High Seas / $217,836.00

Total $2,778,216.30


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