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Engineering students! Here’s how you can spend your summer in the Pacific…

Are you interested in Biomedical Engineering? Would you like to combine your engineering skills with making a difference in a developing country this summer for ten weeks? 

Applications are now open to be one of the students selected to participate in this important work (counts as practical or professional work).

In a unique partnership between UC, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare and non-profit Take My Hands, we are sending six Mechanical or Mechatronics Engineering students (any professional year) to improve healthcare and the well-being of people in the Pacific Islands. This is intended to be the first year of an annual opportunity.

These are paid internships hosted by Fisher & Paykel Healthcare and will have a research project focus. To learn more about this opportunity, please go to our webpage>

To apply for one of the five remaining slots, please answer the questions below in essay format (max 2 pages) and attach the requested information:

  1. Having reviewed the webpage above, why are you interested in this internship opportunity?
  2. What hands-on experience, global experience, background, and/or skills do you have that would help you succeed as an intern in the Pacific Islands?
  3. If selected, are you able to commit to the workshop training and the full time period of the internship (2 weeks of intensive training at UC in mid-November, first 3 weeks of December in the Pacific Islands, 2 weeks holiday—with option to travel home at your expense, then 5 weeks in the Pacific Islands until the week before classes begin again)?
    If you’re not able to commit to the entire period, what are your restrictions?
  4. This internship is only open to 1st thru 3rd Pro students in Mechanical or Mechatronics Engineering who have a demonstrated interest and commitment to Biomedical Engineering. Both 1st and 2nd Pro students will be required to declare the Minor in Biomedical Engineering (when available in early 2020) and complete all the courses for it (Mechatronics students must commit to attend in person the 2nd Pro course in biomedical design on top of their regular course load). Are you willing to make this commitment?
  5. Send your CV, unofficial transcript, and letter of interest answering the questions above to by 5pm 20 September 2019.

Selections will be made by 4 October 2019 by a panel made up of faculty, staff, two UC BIOMED executive members, and our partners (i.e. Fisher&Paykel and Take My Hands). 

The UC BIOMED club has a new shipping container workshop and headquarters at 24 Kirkwood Avenue that will serve as our campus training facility, and we’ll be painting it with mural designs over the next couple of weeks.

A workshop training schedule will be posted shortly. This training is open to all, even those not interested in going to the Pacific Islands.

In addition to your application materials, we will be looking for demonstrated enthusiasm based on participation in club activities and training workshops.

Be in to WIN with Octopus wrestling and short fictions

The latest Canterbury University Press (CUP) publication, The Father of Octopus Wrestling and other small fictions traverses exciting new  terrain between prose poetry and short fiction, delivering stories that are darkly comic, dynamic and surreal.

The eagerly awaited fourth book from award-winning writer Frankie McMillan, The Father of Octopus Wrestling and other small fictions is steeped in human vulnerability and eccentricity. 

Dubbed New Zealand’s ‘maestro of flash fiction’ by renowned short story writer Owen Marshall for her previous collection My Mother and the Hungarians, and other small fictions, McMillan is recognised internationally for her mastery of the increasingly popular flash fiction genre.

“Every story is like a sky rocket we haven’t seen before – flaring and sparkling in unexpected ways,” award-winning author Lloyd Jones says of the latest collection

To be in to win a copy of this beautiful book for your own collection, simply answer the following question:

  • What inspired the title story for the book? [hint here]

Please email your answer to by 12 noon Wednesday 18 September.

The winner will be drawn at random and announced in the Insider’s Guide newsletter on Sunday 29 September.

Celebrating Canterbury Distinguished Professor Roy Kerr

Following his election to the Royal Society (UK) earlier this year, UC’s Canterbury Distinguished Professor Roy Kerr, a College of Science alumnus, was formally admitted as a Royal Society Fellow on 12 July.

Canterbury Distinguished Professor Kerr signing the admissions book
Canterbury Distinguished Professor Kerr shaking hands with Royal Society President , Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

Photos courtesy of The Royal Society (UK)

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