Vic­to­ria of­fers firms brain­power for hire

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION -

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 emily.close@vuw.ac.nz.

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