UC welcomes 10 new Fulbright award recipients

14 September 2015

UC welcomes 10 new Fulbright award recipients through the Fulbright New Zealand programme.

UC welcomes 10 new Fulbright award recipients

The University of Canterbury welcomes 10 new Fulbright award recipients through the Fulbright New Zealand programme, which promotes mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchange between New Zealand and the United States.

The awards have been made for postgraduate study or research in fields including business, science and innovation, natural disasters, robotics, neurological speech disorders, music and visual arts and give the recipients the opportunity to study, research, teach or present their work in top institutions in the United States.

They are bestowed upon academics, artists and professionals who are the best and brightest in their fields, opening the doors for them to become tomorrow’s leaders and thinkers.

This year’s University of Canterbury grantees:

Fulbright-Platinum Triangle Award in Business

This two-year award is for an emerging New Zealand business leader to complete a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at a US institution and gain professional work experience in the US and New Zealand, valued at up to US$75,000.

Hamish Shaw

Hamish Shaw from South Otago will complete a Master of Business Administration degree specialising in strategy and entrepreneurship, at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago. Hamish graduated with a BE (Hons) from the University of Canterbury in 2010.

 

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. 18 awards were granted, valued at up to US$33,000 and sponsored by the Minister of Science and Innovation.

Alexandra McNeill

Alexandra McNeill from Palmerston North will research surface modification of zinc oxide at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as part of her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Canterbury. Alexandra graduated with a BSc (Hons) from the University of Canterbury in 2014.

David Collinson

David Collinson from Auckland will complete a PhD in Mechanical Engineering specialising in nanomechanics and nanomaterials at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. David graduated with a BE (Hons) from the University of Canterbury in 2014.

Emily Lambie

Emily Lambie from Ashburton will research human behaviour during earthquake shaking as a visiting student researcher at California State University in Long Beach, California. Emily graduated with an MSc (First Class Honours) from Canterbury University in 2014.

Joseph Corbett-Davies

Joseph Corbett-Davies from Napier will complete a PhD in Mechanical Engineering researching algorithms for control and planning in robotic systems at Cornell University in New York State. Joseph graduated with a BE (Hons) in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Canterbury in 2014.

Thomas Swan

Thomas Swan from Christchurch will research the invasion biology of the noxious Asian Tiger Mosquito at Florida University within the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory located at Vero Beach. Thomas graduated with a BSc in Biology & Geography in 2013 and is currently completing a Master of Water Resource Management at the University of Canterbury.

Tim Flint

Tim Flint from Palmerston North will research computational fluid dynamics and fluid dynamic shape optimisation at Stanford University, California, towards a PhD at the University of Canterbury. Tim graduated with a BE (Hons) specialising in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Canterbury in 2015.

 

Fulbright New Zealand General Graduate Awards

This award is for promising New Zealand graduate students to undertake postgraduate study or research at US institutions in any field, valued at up to US$33,000.

Annalise Fletcher

Annalise Fletcher from Christchurch will research neurological speech disorders, at Florida and Arizona State Universities, towards a PhD in Speech and Language Sciences from the University of Canterbury. Annalise graduated with a BSLP (Hons) from the University of Canterbury in 2012.

In addition to these successful UC graduates, UC lecturer Cathryn Shine is the recipient of the Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Award.

This award is for New Zealand academics, artists or professionals to lecture and/or conduct research in the US for three to five months. A small number of awards valued at up to US$37,500 are offered each year.

Cathryn Shine

Cathryn Shine from Christchurch will research a collaborative art and science project called the ‘Hawaiian Endangered Species Print Project’ at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. Cathryn is an Associate Professor Adjunct at the University of Canterbury. She was appointed to the UC School of Fine Arts in 1986 as a Lecturer in Drawing. Her work is held in many public galleries and private collections in New Zealand, Australia and Japan.

More information on Cathryn Shine: http://www.arts.canterbury.ac.nz/fine-arts/people/shine.shtml

 

Fulbright New Zealand Travel Awards

This award is for New Zealand academics, artists or professionals to visit the US for 12 to 90 days in order to present their work to American audiences, valued at up to NZ$5,000.

Reuben Derrick

Reuben Derrick from Christchurch will develop and present new music with fellows at the 2015 Music OMI International Musician Residency Program in Ghent, New York. Reuben graduated with a DMA from the University of Canterbury in 2014.

 

In addition, the University of Canterbury will host four new Fulbright award recipients on its Christchurch campus:

Fulbright Specialist Awards

These awards are for New Zealand academic institutions to host US academics, artists or professionals for two to six-week programmes of lectures, seminars, workshops, conferences or symposiums, valued at up to NZ$11,700.

Alan (Yee-Hong) Liu

Alan (Yee-Hong) Liu from Santa Barbara, California researched, lectured, and consulted on the field of digital humanities and its impact on the humanities and arts more generally at the University of Canterbury. Alan is a Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an affiliated faculty member of UCSB’s Media Arts & Technology graduate program.

Kathryn Tucker

Kathryn Tucker from Ojai and Los Angeles, California, served as a Specialist teaching at Schools of Law and Medicine at the Universities of Auckland, Otago and Canterbury, sharing scholarship about the evolving medicolegal environment in the US governing end of life care. Kathryn is Executive Director of the Disability Rights Legal Center, Los Angeles, and a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Loyola Law School/Los Angeles.

 

Fulbright US Graduate Award

This award is for promising US graduate students to undertake postgraduate study or research at New Zealand institutions in any field, valued at up to NZ$33,000.

Kyle Van de Bittner

Kyle Van de Bittner from Moraga, California is completing a Master of Science in Biochemistry, specialising in the biosynthesis of bioactive compounds from fungi at the University of Canterbury. Kyle graduated with two BS degrees from the University of Redlands, California in 2014.

 

Fulbright US Scholar Award

This award is for US academics, artists or professionals to lecture and/or conduct research in New Zealand for three to five months, valued at up to NZ$40,000.

Daniel Saunders

Daniel Saunders from Michigan completed research on New Zealand’s child custody procedures in cases of intimate partner violence at the Te Awatea Violence Research Centre of the University of Canterbury. Daniel is a Professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work.

 

 

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