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NZ student wins grant for equine therapy study

Hannah Gibson, third from left, is among several women who received grants from the Graduate Women Manawatu Charitable Trust this year. She is pictured with, from left, Tamyra Matthews, Nicole Steele, Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey, Megan Gildersleve, Vicki Campbell, Jean Corbin-Thomas - Chair of the Graduate Women Manawatu Charitable Trust, Poppy Miller, and Amber Mellor.

Hannah Gibson, third from left, is among several women who received grants from the Graduate Women Manawatu Charitable Trust this year. She is pictured with, from left, Tamyra Matthews, Nicole Steele, Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey, Megan Gildersleve, Vicki Campbell, Jean Corbin-Thomas – Chair of the Graduate Women Manawatu Charitable Trust, Poppy Miller, and Amber Mellor.

A postgraduate student from New Zealand’s Massey University has received a grant to study equine assisted development and counselling.

The grant awarded to Hannah Gibson from the School of People, Environment and Planning is one of several from the Graduate Women Manawatu (GWM) Charitable Trust this year.

Nine Massey University postgraduate women students were awarded the grants worth $60,000 in total. The awards were presented by Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey at Wharerata on the Manawatu campus last weekend.

The Trust is the business unit of the Federation of Graduate Women Manawatu Inc, and funds for the  grants come from profits generated from the hire of academic gowns used at graduation, says spokeswoman Anne Walker.

Annually the Trust donates more than $100,000 to women’s education, including $60,000 awarded to female students studying at the postgraduate level at Massey. It also supports a national-level scholarship programme through the Federation of Graduate Women New Zealand, as well as supporting a range of women’s education in the Manawatū region including awards to students from the Teen Parent School progressing to tertiary study, and to women who are taking up second-chance education opportunities.

Since 2012 the Trust has also partnered with the Zonta Club of Manawatū to support an annual postgraduate travel award for a woman completing a PhD in science and technology.

This year’s recipients are:

Amanda Death, Institute of Agriculture and Environment – analysing lahar avulsion hazards

Vicki Campbell, Institute of Education – literacy development

Hannah Gibson, School of People, Environment and Planning – researching equine assisted development and counselling

Megan Gildersleven, Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biological Sciences – analysing the effects of age on pharmacokinetics of analgesic drugs

Carmel Hancock, School of Psychology – reviewing women’s issues from a feminist perspective, and violence against women

Tamyra Matthews, School of Psychology – researching future housing for older New Zealanders

Amber Mellor, Institute of Agriculture and Environment – researching environmental management

Poppy Miller, Institute of Fundamental Sciences – applying computational statistics to genetics and infectious disease epidemiology

Nicole Steele, Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biological Sciences – researching mastitis in dairy cows

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