In 2006 Claire and Steven Schwartz established the Fulbright Gregory Schwartz Enrichment Grants in memory of their son Gregory Schwartz who had a love of history and a strong interest in the United States. I’ve been awarded this $1,250 grant to help enrich my Fulbright experience in the United States.
After winning the UQ Final of the Three Minute Thesis Competition, I travelled to the University of Western Australia to compete against 42 other PhD students from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. I was blown away by the quality of the presentations and the importance of the research. I can’t imagine how the judges managed to make a decision but I ended up coming out on top. Click for more.
I’ve taken out the UQ level of the Three Minute Thesis Competition! Ryan Stafford was Runner-up and People’s Choice winner. The thought of presenting three years work in three minutes was daunting. It it even possible? How will I get my point across? Will I fall before the audience in a quivering heap of incoherent babble? I entered the 3MT to overcome my anxiety and learn to talk about my research as plainly as possible.
I’ve been awarded the 2011 Queensland Fulbright Scholarship. I’ll spend a year researching at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to determine how accurate fingerprint experts are, explore the psychology that affects how well they match fingerprints, and maximise the reliability of fingerprint evidence in the criminal justice system. The 2011 Fulbright Scholars were presented with their awards at the Adelaide Festival Centre on 10th March 2011.
I travelled to Sydney for The 20th International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences and took out the Best Poster Presentation Award in the Management and Quality Assurance Discipline, along with my colleagues Jason Tangen and Sgt. Duncan McCarthy. Click for more.
The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) has selected me as a Young Science Ambassador. Selected on personal qualities and scholarly excellence, Ambassadors engage in a number of science promotion activities such as visiting and giving lectures to schools, meeting parliamentarians and addressing Academy Fellows. These awards aim to encourage talented young scientists and engineers who are currently engaged in research and development to promote science and science education.
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.