Scots College student wins Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka Premier Award
POSTED: 09 September 2016
Andrew Tang from Wellington’s Scots College won the Premier Award at the 2016 Sir Paul Callaghan EUREKA! Awards run by the RCW Eureka Trust.
Andrew repeats the effort of Jennifer Palmer from Orewa College in 2015 and is the second secondary school student to win the award.
The Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka Awards pit secondary school students and university undergraduate students against each other to present the most compelling case for the application of science or technology to the social, economic or environmental benefit of New Zealand.
Andrew a year 12 student, won the $10,000 Premier Award for a 12 -minute presentation ‘Algae as biofuel’. Last year Andrew won a Highly Commended Award. He was one of six secondary school and six university students chosen as finalists for the awards.
“Andrew’s victory is fantastic recognition for his hard work and that of his teachers,” says Trust Chairman, Dr Russ Ballard. “It shows what our students and our schools are capable of.”
The awards recognise excellence in communication about science, technology, engineering and mathematics and the winners were announced on Thursday at a dinner hosted by Hon Hekia Parata in trhe Grand Hall of Parliament.
Andrew Tang is the second student from Scots College to win the Premier Award – he follows in the footsteps of Evan Brenton-Rule who won in 2013 and who is now studying for his PhD at Victoria University.
The Highly Commended Award Winners who received $5,000 each were:
• Shalini Guleria, University of Waikato, for “Struvite Crystalliation”
• Richard Todd, University of Auckland, for “Subcritical Water Extraction of Antioxidants from Food and Food By-Products”
• Dana Lawson, Orewa College, for “Mind Over Matter – The Placebo and Nocebo Effect”