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Recent Post Graduate Awardees

  • Awardees 2016

Jenna Buchanan
College of Sciences, Institute of Fundamental Sciences, studying toward an MSc

Jenna is completing a Master of Science, majoring in Chemistry. Jenna is investigating the unique magnetic properties of metal containing organic matter. Future applications of this research will produce new magnetic materials which will lead to improvements in data storage and help in the development of quantum computing.



Rose Collis
College of Sciences, Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, studying toward an MSc

Rose is completing a Master of Science, majoring in Microbiology. Rose will investigate the metabolic characteristics and genomic epidemiology of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) to aid the development of an agar medium for the detection and isolation of this pathogen.



Katie Gibb
College of Sciences, Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, studying toward an MSc

Katie is completing a Master of Science, investigating the reported decline in mallard (Anus platyrhynchos) numbers and other waterfowl populations in most regions throughout the country. Katie's research will be conducted as part of a larger team, and funded by Fish and Game New Zealand. Katie aims to determine if dietary levels of five heavy metals (lead,cadmium, mercury, zinc and arsenic) are elevated in the New Zealand mallard population, and to evaluate whether the current levels are different across two spatially explicit populations; Waikato and Southland.



Ansie Jansen van Vuuren
College of Health, School of Social Work, studying toward a MAppSWork

Ansie is completing a Master of Applied Social Work and investigating resettlement and integration challenges of former refugee women. Ansie will explore ways in which service providers can support former refugee women in improving resettlement outcomes according to the New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy goals of self-sufficiency, participation, health and wellbeing, education and housing.



Amelia Mawhinney
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Humanities, studying towards an MA

Amelia is completing a Master of Arts in History. Amelia's thesis focuses on how women asserted their authority against gender norms in the Medieval Churches, with a specific focus on female visionaries, or mystics, preachers or writers. Amelia is particularly interested in investigating the difference between those women who were sanctioned in their actions by the male-dominated church, and those who were condemned as heretical for their same beliefs.



Tessa-Maree Nielsen
College of Health, School of Sports and Exercise, studying towards a BSE(Hons)

Tessa-Maree is completing a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise with Honours. Tessa-Maree is specialising in prescribing exercise for those with chronic diseases. Tessa-Maree plans to work within the health sector to assist these people with their health and/or rehabilitation, as well as developing health initiatives for New Zealanders to prevent such conditions of a wider scale.



Emmarentia du Plessis
College of Sciences, Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, studying toward a BSc(Hons)

Emmarentia (Willa) is completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours. Willa is researching to relative aversiveness of CO2 and other gas mixtures in the commercial stunning and killing of poultry. Willa's research intends to inform the development of codes of best practice and enforceable regulations regarding the humane destruction of poultry.



Ashleigh Walker
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Centre for Defence and Security Studies, studying toward a MIntSecurity

Ashleigh is completing a Master of International Security. Ashleigh's thesis focuses on providing an assessment of the prevention opportunities for New Zealand Police in adopting a national policy of routine police service of temporary protection orders. The goal of this research is to contribute to the development of policies that reduce the risk of repeat victimisation by victims of family violence in New Zealand.


Goldie Walker
College of Sciences, Institution of Agriculture and Environment, studying toward an MSc

Goldie is completing a Master of Science in Geography. Goldie is investigating the origins of lumpy, hummocky, little hills scattered throughout the wide de-glaciated valleys of Fiordland, New Zealand. Goldie's research will help re-define understanding of past climates in the region, and/or recognise the significance of previously unidentified rock avalanche risks in locations where people may be in the path of potentially catastrophic events.

 
  • Awardees 2015

Ingrid Cheung
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Institute of Education, studying toward a MEd

Ingrid is studying toward a Master of Education. Ingrid is investigating the teacher's action to support Pasifika students to engage in mathematical discourse in culturally responsive ways which aim to increase engagement and participation of Pasifika students so they become confident and successful learners of mathematics.



Belinda Jansen
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Work, studying toward a MAppSW

Belinda is studying toward a Master in Applied Social Work, and aims to become a qualified psychiatric social worker. Belinda's passion is working with a diverse range of individuals and families who are living with mental illness that affects their everyday living. Belinda hopes to help resolve issues within her community through professional responsibility, empathy and integrity.


Anne Kim
College of Sciences, Institute of Agriculture and Environment, studying towards a MSc

Anne is studying toward a Master of Science in Zoology. Anne's research investigates the effect of arm amputation on the cellular heavy metal tolerance in the eleven-armed seastar (Coscinasteria muricata). Physiological parameters such as dopamine, noradrenaline, cellular metabolic activity and membrane integrity are evaluated.


Iris Nanguzgambo
College of Sciences, Institute of Fundamental Sciences, studying towards a MApplStat

Iris is studying toward a Master in Applied Statistics. As part of her study, Iris is currently undertaking a seriation analysis of a data set collected on several fish species over 24 years. Iris aims to determine whether the assemblages of fish are changing progressively over the 24 year period and if these changes are in fact random. Iris's research thesis will be based on hospital data, where she hopes to be able to implement methods learnt in Survival Analysis and Reliability Studies, and in Statistical Quality Control papers she has studied as part of her degree.


Laura Quin
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Psychology, studying toward a MSc

Laura is undertaking a Master of Science (Psychology) degree with a special interest in women and maternity. Laura's thesis entitled "Leave your dignity at the door" explores technologies of power and the maternal body, seeks to open spaces for women to share their lived experiences of maternity in Aotearoa/New Zealand, and to attend to the sociocultural and biomedical power which acts on the maternal body in society and the maternity systems.


Briony Raven
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of People, Environment and Planing, studying toward a MIntDev

Briony's research explores the prevalence of iron deficiency among pregnant women in Counties Manuaku District Health Board region. Briony aims to research the prevalence and trends associated with iron deficiency in the region and to work with women and communities to identify barriers to good nutrition during pregnancy. Through an empowerment lens this research posits pregnant women, with the support of the community, as being the best agents to identify and facilitate community based solutions to meet this concern.


Rebecca Severinsen
College of Sciences, Institute of Fundamental Sciences, studying towards a BSc(Hons)

Rebecca is studying towards a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Chemistry. Rebecca's laboratory project focusses on the synthesis of a new molecule, which can be used to form a chemical cage to store (and/or transport) reactive molecules. Rebecca plans to progress to a PhD in Chemistry.


Vanessa White
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Institute of Education, studying towards a MSpecTchg

Vanessa is a specialist educator in gifted and talented education. She recently completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching (gifted and talented) with Distinction, and is now pursuing a Master in Specialist Teaching (gifted and talented). The focus of her research is on advancing early childhood educators access to professional learning in gifted and talented education, exploring the intersection of her work, and that of early childhood educators.


Rachel Wilson
College of Health, School of Nursing, studying towards a MN

Rachel is a registered nurse, studying toward a Master of Nursing. Rachel is using a focus group to explore the ethical element of health care rationing. Rachel's goal is to highlight this ethical issue, and promote the need for future investment in nursing to achieve a healthy and sustainable workforce and better patient outcomes.




 
  • Awardees 2014

Amanda Death
College of Sciences, Institute of Agriculture and Environment, studying towards an MSc
 
Amanda is working on an Honours project which aims to assess what processes (sedimentological, geomorphic, or rheologic signatures) caused avulsion in a large lahar which travelled down the Whangaehu River following a breach in the tephra dam at Mount Ruapehu’s Crater Lake in March 2007. Amanda has collected and analysed deposits and flow records, and used computer modelling to assess the potential for more lahar avulsion hazards in the future.
 
Vicki Campbell
College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Institute of Education, studying towards a MEd
 
Vicki is studying the field of literacy development, and is particularly passionate about seeing children develop a love of reading and writing. Vicki hopes to centre her research on spelling and writing development.
 
Hannah Gibson
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of People, Environment and Planning, studying towards BA(Hons)
 
Hannah is undertaking anthropological fieldwork on Equine Assisted Development and Counselling, which is an alternative therapy in which patients work with horses. This will allow Hannah to explore the relationship between humans and animals and the ways in which we create meaningful experiences together.
 
Megan Gildersleven
College of Sciences, Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biological Sciences, studying towards an MSc
 
Megan is researching the effects of age on the pharmacokinetics of two common analgesic drugs, Meloxicam and Butorphanol in chickens. By analysing blood samples and comparing results Megan will be able to ascertain whether age alters the pharmacokinetic properties of drugs, hereby enabling analgesic treatments plans to be modified based on age differences and provide adequate pain relief for the birds.
 
Carmel Hancock
College of Humanities and Social Sciences. School of Psychology, studying toward an MA.
 
Camel is interested in women’s issues from a feminist perspective, and has submitted a research proposal on men’s violence against women which can produce notions of self-blame and a lack of healthy self-identity in women where relationships of violence are reproduced.
In addition Carmel is interested in researching within a narrative or discourse analysis perspective.
 
 
Tamyra Matthews
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Psychology, studying towards an MSc
 
Tamyra is studying Health Psychology which takes a critical and holistic approach to health and illness by applying psychological theories and knowledge. Tamyra is researching the issue of future housing for older New Zealanders which resides within the Health Psychology discipline, given the link between the physical, social and emotional aspects of housing and an individual’s health and wellbeing.
 
Amber Mellor
College of Sciences, Institute of Agricultural and Environment, studying towards a MEnvMgt.
 
Amber is studying a Master of Environmental Management. Amber’s study includes the Environmental GIS, Soil and Water Pollution and Advanced Environmental Management.
 
Poppy Miller
College of Sciences, Institute of Fundamental Sciences, studying towards a BSc(Hons)
 
Poppy is interested in the methodology of computational statistics and in the health application of statistics, specifically within genetics and infectious disease epidemiology. Poppy’s honours project combines genetic and epidemiology data to attribute campylobacteriosis cases to sources in a Bayesian setting. Poppy has also used epidemic data to develop a host=species deterministic mathematical model of pathogen infection dynamics, and for determining diagnostics for stochastic epidemic models during summer research projects.
 
Nicole Steele
College of Sciences, Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biological Sciences, studying towards an MSc
 
Nicole is researching mastitis in dairy cows, in particular the rapid diagnosis of mastitis pathogens using a molecular technology, polymerase chain reaction (PCR). This technology provides faster results for veterinarians and dairy farmers, enabling them to make quicker decision around antibiotic treatment of a mastitis case. Many laboratories overseas are using PCR to diagnosis mastitis, but this is the first study of its kind in New Zealand.
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