Cawthron Foundation scholarship recipients set for a summer of exciting science-led research at Cawthron Institute
The 2018 Cawthron Foundation scholarship recipients were formally welcomed to Cawthron Institute yesterday, as they take up highly sought-after ten-week placements mentored by top Cawthron scientists.
Ngāpera Keegan, Mariane Quirino, and Alice McCullough will work on specific research projects during their placements.
“We were delighted to receive so many strong applications for the 2018 scholarships,” says Elizabeth Bean of the Cawthron Foundation. “All three scholars are very high academic achievers, have contributed to community activities, and are strong advocates for the environment and science-led research.”
Ngāpera Keegan (Ngāti Apakura and Ngāti Hikairo) received the Te Pītau Whakarei Karahipi scholarship, which is offered in partnership with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. Ngāpera is at Waikato University, studying towards a Bachelor of Science majoring in Environmental Science. Ngāpera will work on a project that examines the behavioural ecology of scampi, and aims to provide new knowledge on optimal growing conditions and animal welfare for scampi in aquaculture.
"I am extremely excited to get a first-hand experience of what a career in science looks like” says Ngāpera. “This experience will improve my understanding and knowledge of aquaculture and behavioural ecology, and give me an insight into scientific innovation. I look forward to contributing a Te Ao Māori point of view, an enthusiastic attitude, and my knowledge of the sciences to this project."
Mariane Quirino received the Kathleen Curtis scholarship. She is currently completing a Diploma in Marine Studies at Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology, and has a particular interest in aquaculture and marine ecology. Mariane will investigate settlement behavior in juvenile Greenshell™ mussels alongside the aquaculture team.
“Biology has been a lifelong passion of mine,” says Mariane. “I’m very excited and honoured to have the opportunity to work alongside the Cawthron team. I look forward to applying what I have learned in the labs, and to continuing to explore my passion for marine science at the Cawthron Institute.”
Alice McCullough has been awarded the Theodore Rigg scholarship and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Marine Science at Victoria University of Wellington. Alice will be looking at the use of algae as feed in the aquaculture industry.
"I see a real importance in applying my research and academic knowledge in Marine Biology and Environmental studies to real world applications that can be used to improve New Zealand practices. As a Nelson/Marlborough resident I am passionate about this project and seeing if algae can be used as a good source of feed for aquaculture purposes, an industry that is crucial to our region.”
The three scholarships are supported by individual donations and grant funding, and donations are now being invited for the 2019-2020 scholarships.