Victoria offers firms brainpower for hire
Porirua businesses and organisations have the chance this summer to solve a tricky problem, investigate a smart idea, or get some creative thinking done – using brainpower from Victoria University.
Victoria is looking to partner with companies, government agencies and professional groups to provide holiday work for some of its top performing students, while also helping organisations tackle projects they don’t have the resources to do themselves.
The University’s Summer Research Scholarships Programme, now in its fourth year, aims to encourage more students into postgraduate study by giving them a stimulating and rewarding summer research experience.
Students who have completed two years of their undergraduate degree or are studying at honours or first-year masters level at any New Zealand or Australian university are eligible to be Victoria summer scholars.
Those accepted into the programme spend about 10 weeks carrying out a research project and Professor Charles Daugherty hopes some of them will be tackling issues for industry.
‘‘ These are senior students with sharp brains who can bring fresh ideas and a different per- spective. We know there are many businesses and organisations which have small research projects they would like to do but don’t have time or don’t know where to find a researcher.’’
Victoria is offering 150 summer scholarships this year, with 25 of those to be taken up by crown research institutes. Additionally, Victoria has scholarships available for businesses or agencies wanting to get involved in the scheme. The business will pay half the scholarship, or $3500, with the funds matched by the University.
Businesses or organisations interested in hosting a student researcher should contact Emily Close at the Victoria University Scholarships Office on 04 463 5233, extension 7058, or email@example.com.