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Erica Buxton -Public Sector Finance


Buxton_Erica_photo Erica holds a BA (Hons) in French and History from the University of Otago (2010), and an MA (Hons) in International Relations from the Australian National University (2012). She has been working in public sector finance since graduation, and will use the award to study a Master of Finance at the University of Cambridge in 2016/2017. Erica has been a research assistant and tutor at Otago and Victoria universities in public policy, political philosophy, international relations and history, and studied at a French university as part of her undergraduate degree. Erica grew up in Christchurch. Mid-term Report 



Gemma Cartwright – Veterinary Medicine, Melbourne University 


Gemma Cartwright Gemma is in her 3rd year of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine course at Melbourne University. She is currently involved in a research project looking at the long term outcomes of small animals following joint fusion operations. She intends on returning to New Zealand, once having completed her degree, to work as a large animal veterinarian.  Mid-term Report



Natalie Jones -Law, International Law and climate change


Natalie Jones photo Natalie is a lawyer looking to change the way the world thinks about international law in the context of climate change. She is a graduate of the University of Canterbury and the University of Cambridge, and will return to Cambridge to study for her PhD. In her spare time she works with the New Zealand Youth Delegation to the UN climate change negotiations, and Positive Investment, a Cambridge-based shareholder engagement organisation working on finance for a fairer future. Mid-term Report



Sarah Kuper – Law


Sarah Kuper - US Supreme Court photo Sarah  received a New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women Fellowship in 2015 and just graduated with a Master of Laws (LLM) with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah focused her studies on human rights and access to criminal and civil justice. Sarah has volunteered with various youth and community organisations in New Zealand and abroad. She hopes to contribute to New Zealand law reform in these areas. Mid-term Report



 Tamaryn Meek – Medicinal Chemistry


 2016 Fellow_Tamaryn Meek Tamaryn is extremely passionate about medicinal chemistry, as she believes that it is an area of science which can contribute significantly to the improvement of people’s lives. Tamaryn aims to pursue a career in research, and has recently taken up the opportunity to do her PhD studies, within medicinal chemistry, at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Melbourne. Mid-term Report



Grace Salisbury Mills – Architecture 


Grace hails from Wellington, where she has spent the majority of her life. Grace completed a Masters of Architecture (with distinction) in 2013, and a Bachelor of Architectural Studies, in 2011, from Victoria University of Wellington (including an exchange at the Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, in Copenhagen). As of May 2015, Grace is undertaking a Masters of Urban Design, at Columbia University in New York City.  Mid-term Report



Lisa Pilkington – Organic chemistry 


Lisa Pilkington Lisa is a research organic chemist studying for a Masters in Applied Statistics at the University of Oxford with the help of a NZFGW Fellowship. Lisa is using this opportunity to combine her background in medicinal chemistry with knowledge and skills in advanced statistical methods in the pursuit of improving methods of drug discovery. Mid-term Report



 Tessa Popay -Cellular and Molecular Biology 


 popay Tessa_2016 Having grown up in Hamilton and completed her undergraduate at the University of Auckland, Tessa Popay took it upon herself to try something a little different. The call came from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, to enter the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program from August 2014, which ultimately led to a place in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology, where she will remain until the completion of her PhD. Mid-term Report



Mevagh Sanson -Psychology, trigger warnings 


Mevagh Sanson_2016 Mevagh, from Whangarei and Wellington, is using her NZFGW award to research the effectiveness and consequences of trigger warnings—a type of content warning. Trigger warnings summarise negative material a person is about to see and imply that viewing it could elicit symptoms of distress. Mevagh is currently studying towards a PhD in Psychology from Victoria University of Wellington, but is conducting part of her research at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in New York City. Mid-term Report