Smart Futures PhD Scholarship - Matthew B. Thompson

Smart Futures PhD Scholarship

The Queensland Government have awarded me a Smart Futures PhD Scholarship to study the psychology behind fingerprint identification with Dr Jason Tangen [UQ Media Release]. The scholarship is part of the Queensland Government’s Innovation Skills Fund and provides $22,500 funding for outstanding PhD students to undertake innovative research in Queensland [Ministerial Media Release]. Click for more.


I will investigate the perceptual and cognitive processes underlying identification of complex visual patterns, such as fingerprints. My research will provide tools, techniques and training methods to aid professionals in correctly identifying forensic evidence. Awards were presented at ‘Science in Parliament’ by Professor Peter Andrews (Queensland Chief Scientist) and Hon. Geoff Wilson (Minister for Education and Training).