USC research boost thanks to local Rotarians

Published: Comments:
Charity & Not For Profit Community University & TAFE

Social:   
L-R: Rotary USC Community Fund Chairman Ian Barnett, Brittany Elliot, Kate Ballard, Elin Pollanen and USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill

Three talented USC postgraduate students have been given a financial boost thanks to the Rotary University of the Sunshine Coast Community Fund.

The fund is provided for by all 16 Rotary Clubs on the Sunshine Coast and supports three $4,000 Rotary Postgraduate Scholarships each year.

The scholarships are awarded to two USC postgraduate students nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and one USC postgraduate student nominated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation).

USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said there have been more than 50 scholarships awarded since 2001 supported by more than $183,000 raised by Sunshine Coast Rotarians and contributed to the fund.

“This is testament to the vision and foresight of Rotary which is making a significant and lasting impact through this initiative,” Professor Hill said.

“The research it supports has enhanced our region and beyond in many fields including health, business, education and the environment.”

Academic recipient Brittany Elliot from Buderim recently completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and will soon begin a PhD focused on ecological restoration prioritisation in coastal habitats.

Brittany, 23, said while the scholarship would allow her to attend a major marine conference in Western Australia later this year, the recognition also holds sentimental value.

“My late grandfather Noel Bridges was a Rotarian, and proudly led Mooloolaba Rotary as club president during 2000-2001,” Brittany said.

“He attended Rotary every week and dedicated his time to community and I know he would have been so proud of my academic achievements and community involvement, so to receive this Rotary scholarship means even more to me.”

Fellow academic recipient Elin Pollanen, 28, moved from Sweden to the Sunshine Coast to study psychology four years ago and is now completing a Master in Clinical Psychology.

“My goal is to one day work as a clinical psychologist for Doctors Without Borders and offer my services in Kenya and Tanzania where I have previously volunteered,” Elin said.

Forty-nine-year old mother of two, Kate Ballard, received the Research and Innovation scholarship and is currently undertaking a PhD project investigating the components of land snail trail mucus.

“This research will investigate the components of the trail mucus of two snail species that are significant agricultural pests in the grain and legume growing districts of Southern Australia, costing the industry around $40 million dollars annually,” Kate said.

“The scholarship will help to fund travel to conferences and South Australia where the snails are prevalent as well as generally help alleviate the financial burden of being a full-time student.”

 
University Of The Sunshine Coast : View Full Profile
90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs
07 5430 1234
University Of The Sunshine Coast
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Academic targets deal a double blow to teachers 12 June 2019 | Teachers in Australia are working hard to balance academic achievement targets with declining student wellbeing, a new study from the University of the Sunshine Coast has found. More information...
Aspiring lawyers bring best arguments to mock trial 12 June 2019 | Six Legal Studies students from two local high schools showed exceptional confidence and communication skills in USC’s simulated courtroom this week (10 June) at the grand final of the annual Sunshine Coast... More information...
Nursing students provide health pitstop 12 June 2019 | More than a dozen USC Nursing Science students will support the Australian Men’s Shed Association ‘Spanner In The Works’ campaign by carrying out free health screening checks for local blokes as part of... More information...
Changing the way children think about careers 12 June 2019 | Focusing on careers in primary school might seem early, however more than 450 Sunshine Coast students will soon discover it is the perfect time to explore their future job options. More information...
Crime-fighting graduate wins national award 10 June 2019 | A USC double graduate fighting major federal crimes such as people smuggling, cyber attacks and child exploitation has won a national business women’s award. More information...
Tengfei’s wooden determination to build strength in Aussie timber research 06 June 2019 | A Chinese research student has chosen USC as his top pick over research institutions around the world to undertake his Doctor of Philosophy in Wood Processing, based at the National Centre for Timber Durability... More information...
Game time for Gympie’s future designers 07 June 2019 | USC’s Gympie campus will host a free two-day bootcamp for aspiring game designers on 22-23 June. More information...
Nursing students provide health pitstop 06 June 2019 | More than a dozen USC Nursing Science students will support the Australian Men’s Shed Association ‘Spanner In The Works’ campaign by carrying out free health screening checks for local blokes as part of... More information...
USC event brings together students and employers 05 June 2019 | Students gearing up to graduate this year from two of USC’s most popular degrees have gained vital job information direct from some of the biggest employers in their industry. More information...
Recovery pool starts to take shape at USC 05 June 2019 | The latest addition to USC’s impressive sports precinct – a six-lane, 25m recovery and rehabilitation pool – will start to take shape this week. More information...



Social:   
comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service