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New Zealand Science Teacher

Teacher Education in Science

Get inspired by world experts in microbiology

Apply for a scholarship to attend a top science conference in Queenstown this August.

Are you a secondary biology teacher looking for a boost?

Apply for one of three scholarships to attend the Queenstown Molecular Biology science conference at the Rydges Hotel, Queenstown.

The Maurice Wilkins Centre is pleased to offer three scholarships for high-school biology teachers to attend the conference, which is to be held from the 25–28 August 2014.

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide New Zealand’s science teachers with:

-          exposure to cutting edge research from National and International Scientists.

-          links with some of New Zealand’s leading researchers.

-          links with providers of scientific equipment and supplies.

-          links with other top science teachers from around New Zealand.

The scholarships will cover conference registration, accommodation, and travel to and from Queenstown.

Scholarship coordinator Justin O’Sullivan says attending the conference would be hugely beneficial to secondary school biology teachers. “This is a major conference in New Zealand – it attracts a wide range of people and a diverse range of topics within microbiology. Attendees have the chance to meet some top scientists as well as fellow teachers.”

This year the conference will include talks by: Nobel Laureate Sir John Walker (MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit); Keith Dunker (Indiana University); Philip Hugenholtz (University of Queensland); Norman Pavelka (A*STAR, Singapore); Jennifer Gerton (Stowers Institute); Ana Pombo (Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology); and Robert Waterland (Baylor College of Medicine).

Justin says that the scholarship is in its fifth year, and all past recipients have been thrilled they attended. “The feedback is always really positive. Teachers really do get so much out of the experience,” he says.

Previous recipients have said:

 “I was able to provide new and innovative ideas as well as up to date scientific information on these topics which would interest, stimulate and benefit our students…

QMB provided me with great stories about the journey involved in scientific discovery … The award has also helped me to expand my professional network.

When making your application, be sure to include: a short letter (250 words) stating why you would like to attend the conference, a one-page CV, and the name of one referee. Further information can be obtained from Dr Justin O’Sullivan (09 9239868; justin.osullivan@auckland.ac.nz), or from the QMB website (http://www.queenstownresearchweek.org). Applications should be made by email to justin.osullivan@auckland.ac.nz by the 6 June. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 18 June.

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