Category Archives: Competition

Precision Drive Health – summer research scholarship applications open

A competitive opportunity for ten summer scholarships nationwide funded by Precision Drive Health (PDH) are available.

Student eligibility is:

  • The student must have completed at least three years of study, and still be enrolled at an academic institution;
  • The student and the academic supervisor/co-supervisor must be from the same institution.
  • The student must have a GPA of at least a 6.0 in their four best papers of the most recently-completed year.
  • There must be an identified academic as the research supervisor for the 10 week summer project.  

The summer research application form is available on the PDH website. Project applications close on 15 September 2018.

Applications from any PDH-related research area are welcomed, but there is high interest in receiving applications in the following specific areas:

  • Economic analysis of health data to measure the effectiveness for data-driven decision making in precision health
  • Modelling healthcare pathways to enable interoperability, and the collection of data around the process of care 
  • Activating patients and increasing their engagement in health data management 
  • Reducing inequity in healthcare quality (distinct from healthcare outcomes) using data-driven approaches 
  • Data-driven visualisation to improve healthcare quality
  • Application of genomic data to clinical practice
  • Data-driven approaches to understand and predict the impact of social interventions on health

Go to the website and apply today>

PM’s science prizes – applications close 5 September

Aotearoa New Zealand’s most talented established and emerging scientists, science teachers and science communicators able to apply for awards worth a combined value of $1 million across five categories.
 
The major prize, worth $500,000, is presented to an individual or team whose research has had significant impact in New Zealand or internationally. Previous winners have been recognised for research in areas ranging from health to climate change to new energy technologies.
 
Have you considered:
 
The Prime Minister’s Science Prize, $500,000
This will be awarded to an individual or team for a transformative scientific discovery or achievement, which has had a significant economic, health, social and/or environmental impact in the last five years on New Zealand or internationally.
 
The Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize, $200,000
This will be awarded to an outstanding emerging scientist who has had their PhD conferred, within the past eight years (i.e. from 1 January 2010 onwards)
 
The Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize, $100,000
This will be awarded to a practising scientist who can demonstrate an interest, passion and aptitude for science communication and public engagement, or to a person who has developed expertise in public engagement with, or communication of, complex scientific or technological information to the public or science community.
 
To find out more categories and to lodge entries visit the website>
 

Thesis-in-three champ shares joys and challenges of competition

How do you distill the complexities of your postgraduate research into one slide in just three minutes, and in a way that will interest strangers?

It’s s not for the fainthearted  –  but that’s what the three winners of UC’s Thesis-in-Three finals did this week.

Congratulations to:

  • Best Doctoral student presentation – Samantha Bodman (Physical and Chemical Sciences)
  • Best Masters student presentation – Chris Boniface (Law)
  • Third place winner – Kseniia Zahari (Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship)

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Chris Boniface gives us the low-down on the competition  and responds to our challenge: describe your research in one paragraph, 30 words.

The Effects of Artificial Intelligence on the New Zealand Healthcare System  – Chris Boniface

Why did you enter Chris?  – As a whole, I’m not a fan of, or at all experienced in public speaking or presenting but I want to pursue postgrad to its limits, including seminars, conferences, publications and more to get the career I want. Thesis in Three offered the opportunity to practice those skills in a fun, competitive environment. 

What proved challenging? – Trying to fit my research into only three minutes, in a clear and succinct way. My speech only really covered one of four major aspects of my research, because if I tried to include everything it would be a rushed mess, and I had to make sure a part was engaging and interesting, but still concise! 

One paragraph, 30 words. Can you do it? –  When you’re in a vulnerable healthcare situation, knowing things are ready to help you when they go wrong is vital – the robots are coming, we need to be prepared!
[UC Comms Team 2 Chris : Boom! 30 words exactly. And you did it quickly. #ElevatorPitch #ucnow] 

Photo:  Chris is congratulated by Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua Ian Wright.