Masterate and doctoral students who were awarded 2014 Massey University scholarships at the Manawatū campus.

Top researchers recognised with scholarships

River pollution, Palestinian politics, bird pain and children’s health are among diverse research topics by top masters and doctoral students at the Manawatū campus to receive scholarships on Monday.

The 24 recipients – incuding 15 doctoral, eight masterate and one graduate diploma –received their scholarships at a special ceremony at Wharerata.

Guest speaker Associate Professor Tracy Riley, a gifted education expert at the Institute of Education, told the group they should see their scholarships not only as a financial benefit but as an affirmation of the quality of their work and their capability as future researchers.

Researchers represented health science, engineering, psychology, physics, zoology, earth science, politics, geography, history and fine arts.

Science research projects include master’s student Stephen Collins’ investigation of the movement of nitrate-nitrogen from farms to river in the Rangitikei catchment, and master’s student Peter Trebilcock’s project to develop an electrophysiological method to monitor pain in chickens.

Humanities and Social Sciences’ research projects include a doctoral psychology study of the constructions of healthy bodies in children’s literature by Ria Pugmire; and a master’s study on the changing face of Palestinian leadership by Phillipa Barnes.

A Massey University Doctoral Scholarship is worth $25,000 per annum for a maximum of three years and a Masterate Scholarship is worth $15,000.