A postgraduate student from New Zealand’s Massey University has received a grant to study equine assisted development and counselling.
The grant awarded to Hannah Gibson from the School of People, Environment and Planning is one of several from the Graduate Women Manawatu (GWM) Charitable Trust this year.
Nine Massey University postgraduate women students were awarded the grants worth $60,000 in total. The awards were presented by Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey at Wharerata on the Manawatu campus last weekend.
The Trust is the business unit of the Federation of Graduate Women Manawatu Inc, and funds for the grants come from profits generated from the hire of academic gowns used at graduation, says spokeswoman Anne Walker.
Annually the Trust donates more than $100,000 to women’s education, including $60,000 awarded to female students studying at the postgraduate level at Massey. It also supports a national-level scholarship programme through the Federation of Graduate Women New Zealand, as well as supporting a range of women’s education in the Manawatū region including awards to students from the Teen Parent School progressing to tertiary study, and to women who are taking up second-chance education opportunities.
Since 2012 the Trust has also partnered with the Zonta Club of Manawatū to support an annual postgraduate travel award for a woman completing a PhD in science and technology.
This year’s recipients are:
Amanda Death, Institute of Agriculture and Environment – analysing lahar avulsion hazards
Vicki Campbell, Institute of Education – literacy development
Hannah Gibson, School of People, Environment and Planning – researching equine assisted development and counselling
Megan Gildersleven, Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biological Sciences – analysing the effects of age on pharmacokinetics of analgesic drugs
Carmel Hancock, School of Psychology – reviewing women’s issues from a feminist perspective, and violence against women
Tamyra Matthews, School of Psychology – researching future housing for older New Zealanders
Amber Mellor, Institute of Agriculture and Environment – researching environmental management
Poppy Miller, Institute of Fundamental Sciences – applying computational statistics to genetics and infectious disease epidemiology
Nicole Steele, Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biological Sciences – researching mastitis in dairy cows