Students win Prime Minister's scholarships
Monday, 1 November 2010
Three University of Adelaide students have been awarded Federal Government scholarships valued up to $63,500 to study and work in Asia in 2011.
PhD candidates Hungyen Lin and Jeff Newman, and undergraduate student Anastasia Woolmer have each won a prestigious Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavour Award - the Asian equivalent of a Rhodes Scholar.
Details of the students and their study destinations are:
- Hungyen Lin, 28, of Hackham West (PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering) - attending Osaka University in Japan to research optical imaging innovations;
- Jeff Newman, 26, of Tranmere (PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering) - attending the Harbin Institute of Technology in China to further his research on water engineering;
- Anastasia Woolmer, 33, of Stepney (Bachelor of Economics) - attending Nagoya University in Japan to research that country's history of economic recession in the last 15 years.
All three will also undertake internships with Asian companies or organisations relevant to their degrees.
The awards, introduced in 2010, provide educational and living expenses for 6-12 months of study, followed by internships of up to a year. They are valued at up to $63,500 for postgraduates and up to $41,500 for undergraduates. Forty awards in total are made to university students across Australia.
Three of the four awards presented to South Australian students were from the University of Adelaide.
The students will receive their awards from Prime Minister Julia Gillard at a ceremony in Canberra on 23 November.
The University of Adelaide's Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor James McWha, says the awards provide "a unique opportunity for local students to broaden their professional and personal horizons in an international context".
"The Australia Endeavour Awards will help our students undertake research that is not only relevant to their degree, but they will gain international work experience and build a professional network in Asia.
"It's a wonderful achievement and an opportunity to establish lifelong career collaborations. These awards also further cement the University's strong links with Asia," Professor McWha says.