Research students receive Rotary scholarships

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Research students receive Rotary scholarships


9 May 2013

Three University of the Sunshine Coast students have been awarded this year’s Rotary Postgraduate Scholarships totalling $12,000.

Eva Hatje (Science), Benjamin Lane (Psychology) and Laura Simmons (Environmental Science) received their $4,000 scholarships at a presentation last night, 8 May, at the USC Innovation Centre auditorium.

Burpengary resident Eva, Mons resident Benjamin and Peregian Beach resident Laura were delighted with the support after the presentation by USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill in front of 180 guests at the Rotary clubs’ annual joint committee meeting and dinner event.

Eva is doing a PhD about bacteria from farmed Atlantic salmon, Benjamin’s PhD is on mental illness and Laura’s PhD is examining plant ecology.

This year marks a significant milestone between the combined Rotary Clubs of the Sunshine Coast and USC, with just over $100,000 raised since 2001 by the clubs to support these scholarships.

The guest speaker at last night’s event was orthopaedic surgeon Dr Bernie Tamba-Lebbie, who gave an inspiring presentation about his career from Sierra Leone to the Sunshine Coast.

— Julie Schomberg

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