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Scholarship recipients work with Cawthron scientists on research projects
18 September 2017

Cawthron announces 2017 scholarship recipients

Three young scientists will take up highly sought-after scholarships to do research at Cawthron Institute.

Cawthron Foundation Manager, Elizabeth Bean, announces that Charlotte Tomlinson, Kendall Morman and Jaye Barclay have accepted scholarships for a ten-week placement at Cawthron.

“We were delighted with the number and calibre of applicants for our 2017 scholarships. All three scholars appointed are very high academic achievers, have contributed to community activities, and are strong advocates for the environment and science-led research. With such high calibre scholars at Cawthron this coming summer, the future bodes well for New Zealand science.”

The scholarship recipients will work on three important projects and will be mentored by top Cawthron scientists.

Jaye Barclay, inaugural recipient of Te Pītau Whakarei Karahipi

Jaye Barclay (Ngāti Apa) received our inaugural Te Pītau Whakarei Karahipi, which is offered in partnership with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. Jaye is studying at Victoria University of Wellington towards a degree that includes ecology, marine biology, English literature and Māori studies. Jaye will work with Cawthron scientist Jim Sinner on a project that focuses on developing a framework for achieving and maintaining social license.

“Working with Cawthron will deepen and develop my understanding of what it means to work in biology and science as an industry,” says Jaye. “I look forward to gaining a better understanding of marine conservation in New Zealand and public perceptions of it.”

Kendall Morman, second recipient of the Kathleen Curtis scholarship

Kendall Morman (Ngāpuhi) received the Kathleen Curtis scholarship, which is named after a scientist who contributed a remarkable amount to both Cawthron and New Zealand. It is apt that Kendall will be working on a project led by Lesley Rhodes, who has also contributed much to science and who received a CNZM earlier this year.

Kendall is studying biomedical science at the Auckland University of Technology. Her project will contribute to the nationally significant Cawthron Institute Culture Collection of Micro-algae database. "I’m excited to spend a summer at Cawthron,” says Kendall, “it is the perfect opportunity for me to apply what I’ve learnt in a professional environment.”

Charlotte Tomlinson, second recipient of the Theodore Rigg scholarship

Charlotte Tomlinson has been awarded the Theodore Rigg scholarship and is in her third year at the University of Waikato, where she is studying environmental science. “I am passionate about using the skills I have obtained to reduce human impacts on the natural environment,” says Charlotte. “I am particularly interested in freshwater ecology and soil science.” Charlotte will work with Cawthron Scientist Johnathan Puddick on a project that looks at the co-existence of toxic and non-toxic strains in algal blooms.

The three scholarships are supported by individual donations and grant funding, and donations are still being invited for the 2017-2018 scholarship funds.

Listen to Cicely Barron and Grace Newson, inaugural recipiens of the Rigg and Curtis scholarships, talk about their experience at Cawthron Institute

Click here to find out more about the scholarships.