News this week that old boy Aaron Huesser has been awarded an important scholarship while studying for his Masters at Waikato University. Congratulations to Aaron on all the hard work he has done and good luck with all the work he is about to do.
The following is the press release from the University.
University of Waikato masters student Aaron Huesser has been awarded a prestigious scholarship, which will give him $5000 towards his study costs.
The Brian Perry Charitable Trust Graduate Scholarship in Science and Engineering was established by the Perry Foundation in 1999, with the first scholarship awarded in 2002. The scholarship is awarded annually to an applicant who demonstrates high academic calibre, coupled with leadership potential, involvement in team situations, sporting interests and community involvement. The scholarship will be officially awarded to Aaron at a presentation later this year.
Growing up in rural Taranaki, Aaron developed an appreciation and passion for the environment. Surrounded by natural energy producers he also gained an enthusiasm for the energy industry, which sparked his interest in the Earth sciences.
Aaron completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences, followed by a Master of Science (MSc), which he is currently studying towards.
“Part of my thesis research will involve using industry-standard seismic reflection mapping tools to establish the structure and stratigraphy of sedimentary basin deposits in an area at the southern end of the Hikurangi Trough, east of Cook Straight,” says Aaron.
Following secondary school at Francis Douglas Memorial College in New Plymouth, he chose Waikato University due to the world-class facilities available for students and the exceptional teaching and research regime. He credits the numerous field trips as having been a highlight of his studies, with trips to Huriwai Valley to map stratigraphy and into the Taupo Volcanic Zone, including doing the Tongariro Crossing as part of a third-year Earth Sciences paper.
This is not the first award that Aaron has won. Most recently he was awarded the 2011 University of Waikato Shannon Young Award, for being the top overall third-year Earth Sciences student. He has also received the Energy Education Trust Undergraduate Scholarship (2011) and the Waikato Geological and Lapidary Club Prize in Earth and Ocean Sciences (2010).
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