Over the Christmas and New Year period instead of going camping in one of my usual summer spots, a group of students including myself were off camping on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.
This trip was part of the Post-graduate Certificate of Antarctic Studies, which is a summer course that focuses on scientific, environmental, social and political topics that concentrate on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.
While on the ice we completed a range of activities which included environmental monitoring around Scott Base, weather reporting, glaciology, climbing Castle Rock and visiting Discovery Hut which was built by Scott over a hundred years ago. For me the best project was taking part in the seal surveys. For this we had to count and identify the sex of Weddell seals, they were really amazing to get close to as they are so big, and the pups that were around are so cute, classic charismatic megafauna.
One highlight of the trip was seeing the Hagglunds arrive on Christmas Day, and the staff jumping out dressed up as Father Christmas and Elves bringing us Christmas lunch, one even kite skied into camp!
It was an amazing experience and I am very grateful to have received the Na Tauira Na Kaiwhakatere scholarship through Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu, which has allowed me to take part in the Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies.
– Rata Pryor Rodgers
Fijian Indian student Jainesh Prasad graduated last week from the University of Canterbury with a Master of Engineering Studies. Today he shares his story.
Graduation is the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. First of all, I would like to congratulate my fellow graduates. It has been a hard, but ultimately very rewarding year. We have made new friends, learned new things and explored a new country. For me personally, being offered a placement at the University of Canterbury meant studying in one of the leading earthquake engineering schools in the world. As a practicing structural engineer, it was both a pleasure and a privilege. Having survived the taught Master’s programme and experiencing earthquakes first hand here at Christchurch, I am eager to take this knowledge and practise it at home in Fiji.
At this point in time, I would like to thank the New Zealand Government for providing opportunities to Pacific Students to further their education through NZAid Scholarships. I would like to thank my family who have always inspired me when I felt homesick, my friends, who have kept me company during our many visits to the library and my lecturers for their enthusiasm and patience. Special thanks to the Student Development Team and Pacific Development Team as they have been great in organising events to support Pacific students in all manner of ways to help progress through their studies.
My advice to current and future UC students is to work hard and work smart, but ultimately treat this as a positive experience. You will be stressed at times, as stress is inevitable. The key is, however, to use it to stay on top of your deadlines and not let it control every second of your time here. Most important of all, share your experience, meet new people and make new friends.
Kā Waimaero, Ngāi Tahu Research Centre is offering scholarships for postgraduate study in 2017. Scholarship recipients may be studying any discipline at UC.
Rachael Harris tells us about the difference the scholarship has made .
“Kā Waimaero, Ngāi Tahu Research Centre (NTRC) scholarship allowed me to pursue a Masters in Laws researching a ground-breaking area of law – legal personality for natural objects and the realm of co-governance. While I was studying, the scholarship meant I could afford to focus all my time and attention on my topic.
As well as financial aid through the Scholarship, the research centre provided invaluable moral and cultural support and encouraged me to travel to conferences, and to attend Select Committee hearings relevant to my research.
Having an LLM has propelled me into interesting and fulfilling jobs in the Legal Industry, and I would encourage anyone considering doing a Masters in an area relevant to the goals of the research centre to apply for a scholarship.
The NTRC is a special and supportive environment to make your journey into postgraduate study.”
Applications close 31 October 2016. For more information on the scholarships visit: www.ntrc.canterbury.ac.nz/scholarships.shtml