Frank Hutchinson Postgraduate Scholarship

When the NZIF Foundation was established by the New Zealand Institute of Forestry in December 2011, the Trustees agreed to take over the Frank Hutchinson Postgraduate Scholarship.

Purpose:

The Frank Hutchinson Postgraduate Scholarship is open to students enrolled for a forestry or forestry related postgraduate degree at a New Zealand University.

It recognises excellence at the student level and rewards innovation and entrepreneurial potential.

In assessing applications, the judges will have regard to:

  • Academic record;
    • Student background and forestry aspirations;
    • Research project being undertaken;
    • Presentation of application and communication of ideas.

Funding:

The Frank Hutchinson Postgraduate Scholarship is funded from the Foundation’s general funding.

Size and term of Award

An annual award of up to $1,000 is offered.

Applications

Applications should be made in writing and provide the following information:

  • The applicant’s name, institution and course enrolled for
  • Applicant’s contacts (Email and phone)
  • Statement setting out:
    • Your academic history
    • Your forestry experience
    • Description of research project
    • Your aspirations and interests in the forestry profession
    • Hobbies and interests
    • Proposed use of the award
    • Why you should receive the award
    • Copy of your CV
    • Other supporting information
    • Details (names, contact details, and position) of two staff members at the institution you are enrolled at who can attest to your achievements and characteristics

Background information

Frank Hutchinson was appointed as a lecturer in forest utilisation at the first forestry school at Canterbury University College in 1924, staying there until the school closed in 1933.  He was admitted as a member of the then two year old New Zealand Institute of Foresters in 1929 and was elected President for a two year term in 1954.

 

RECORD OF AWARDS

Year

Awardee

Topic

Amount

2017

Michael Pay, 2nd year M.For.Sc. student at the University of Canterbury

Estate modelling for a multi-species, multi-objective forest

$1,000

2016

Tingdong Guo, Ph.D. student at the University of Canterbury

Effects of post-earthquake redevelopment on urban forests in Christchurch

$1,000

2015

Virginia Christians, Master of Supply Chain Management at Massey University

Log exporting, with emphasis on how cooperative competition in logistics activities could add value to the forest industry

$1,000

2014

Matt Waghorn, Ph.D. student at the University of Canterbury.

Understanding the ecophysiological and biomechanical response of juvenile Pinus radiata to water deficits.

$1,000

2013

Chris Meaclem, Master of Mechanical Engineering student, University of Canterbury

Developing a teleoperated robot that would take harvesting workers out of steep slopes and allow them to operate machines from a safe, remote distance.

$1,000

2012

No award made

 

 

Applications must be received by the Foundation administrator (foundation@nzif.org.nz) no later than 5pm on Wednesday 20th June 2018. 

The awards will be announced at the Awards Dinner of the NZ Institute of Forestry Conference in Nelson on Tuesday 10th July 2018.  For details of the conference see www.nzif.org.nz.