2018 Science Prize Winners

In 1999, the Rotary Club of Wellington made a grant of $20,000 to Victoria University to fund prizes for the top student in each of the nine first year science disciplines.

The 2018 recipients of the Rotary Club of Wellington Science Prizes are:

Tessa Halsey-Collier for Geography

I would like to thank you for the generous scholarship I was awarded, it is an honour to be recognised by the Rotary Club of Wellington. I have had a long-standing interest in geography, in particular developmental studies, which has given me an increased understanding of global issues.

I was inspired by the fantastic lecturers which I was lucky enough to be taught by and am very thankful for the time and effort they put into each class. This award has given me the confidence to pursue a future career in this field and the money will assist in covering study costs.

Once again, I would like to thank you for the generous award and recognition.”

Josie Knight-McLean for Chemistry

I would like to thank you for sponsoring the Wellington Science Chemistry Prize this year, of which I was a very grateful recipient.

I am currently studying towards a Bsc in Chemistry and Biotechnology. I plan to pursue further postgraduate study in this area with my goal being to work on technology to help combat climate change. The Rotary Club of Wellington science award in Chemistry has given me a much-needed confidence booster that I’m heading in the right direction in a field I can excel in. It will also help financially with the cost of my textbooks this year.

Thank you again for this encouragement.

Anna Trethewey for Chemistry

My name is Anna Trethewey and I am 19 years old.  Apart from my love for science, I love baking, contemporary and tap dancing, and nature. This year I am beginning my second year studying a double major in Chemistry and Geology.

I am so grateful to have received this award as it is an acknowledgement of just how hard I worked last year, and that all the weekends spent studying were worth it. I came from a very low decile high school (Taita College) and received DUX, but many questioned how much worth this title had just because of the low decile and therefore an assumed low academic standard. At university I aimed to prove that I am just as smart as my companions and worked very hard. This award is an acknowledgement of that and that it doesn’t matter where you come from, but instead your dedication and determination.

This award has encouraged me going into my second year, and I want to continue doing my absolute best and get the top results. I love Chemistry so much and to have received a prize for it means a lot to me. This award has helped me going into this year to know that I am more than capable of doing well and getting my degree.

In the future I aim to complete my masters, or even a PHD in Chemistry, specialising in Geochemistry. As I would love to study the atmosphere with global warming, and study ocean acidification. I love the environment and am passionate about looking after it. This prize has encouraged me that I am more than capable of achieving this.

I would just also like to take the time to sincerely express how thankful I am to the donor of this prize. It is such a kind gesture and I will not take it for granted.

James Dwight for Geology

This letter is an expression of my appreciation for your generosity regarding the Rotary Club of Wellington Science Prize 2018 – Geology. I thoroughly enjoyed my first year of studies in the field and applied myself as best as I could. Receiving this award at the end of the last academic year has been really encouraging and it has helped to inspire me going into the upcoming academic year with a positive attitude and continued hard work.

The award also came as a very welcome financial contribution which I will put to good use in helping fund course materials.

Thank you once again for your generosity.

Irshad Ul Ala for Physics

Thank you very much for awarding me the Rotary Club of Wellington Science Award for Mathematics in 2018.

I am deeply appreciative of this honour and recognition. I am currently studying towards a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and a Bachelor of Science majoring in mathematics. As a recipient of this award, I am grateful for the financial support which will help cover the costs of course fees and textbooks. It is very heartening to receive such recognition for my studies and encourages me to continue to pursue excellence in science at Victoria.

Thank you for your kind generosity.

Isabelle Douyllies for Mathematics

Thank you very much for awarding me the Rotary Club of Wellington Science Award for Mathematics in 2018.

I am deeply appreciative of this honour and recognition. I am currently studying towards a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and a Bachelor of Science majoring in mathematics. As a recipient of this award, I am grateful for the financial support which will help cover the costs of course fees and textbooks. It is very heartening to receive such recognition for my studies and encourages me to continue to pursue excellence in science at Victoria.

Thank you for your kind generosity.

2018 Science Prize Winners

 
 
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