Winners announced in the inaugural Peter McPhee Student Awards

August 12 / 93

Four of the award winners with Professor Peter McPhee. From left: Eamon Byrne, Kai Lyn Goh, Paul Kopanidis, Professor Peter McPhee and Angela Keating
Four of the award winners with Professor Peter McPhee. From left: Eamon Byrne, Kai Lyn Goh, Paul Kopanidis, Professor Peter McPhee and Angela Keating

Seven student groups and individuals have been awarded grants in the inaugural round of the Peter McPhee Student Awards.

Made possible by a donation by the University's first Provost, Professor Peter McPhee, the awards promote and develop engagement activities within the student community. 
 
Grants are provided to help students or groups of students initiate, or participate in, leadership, community engagement and volunteering activities, involving the University and the wider community.

Award winners met Professor McPhee and other recipients at a presentation during Volunteer Week. 
 
Angela Keating, an Arts (Media and Communications) student, is a member of one of the winning teams, which developed She.Can.Create, a project where team members worked in creative workshops with culturally diverse teenage girls at the Flemington housing estate.
 
Ms Keating said she enjoyed her community work greatly.

"I love that the University has been able to support us. I am forever grateful for the opportunities it is giving me and my team," Ms Keating said. 

Kathryn Boin, Manager of Transition, Orientation, Leadership and Volunteering, said the awards were a valuable opportunity to encourage and support students to become more involved at the University and in the wider community, locally and overseas.

"Each year we have many students coming to us with wonderful ideas that need just a small amount of financial support to get them off the ground or move to the next level," she said.

"We now have another way to help students turn those ideas to reality."

Other student projects supported by the grants include:
 
Eamon Byrne: Making connections with remote Indigenous communities in which to conduct Teachabout's Northern Territory Remote Schools Holiday Program; 
 
Kai Lyn Goh: Volunteering with the Unite for Sight organisation in India, assisting with eye care services in rural villages, slums and schools, and distributing spectacles collected in Australia;
 
Paul Kopanidis: Undertaking a global health research project on tuberculosis treatment while volunteering at the Klibur Domin Rehabilitation Centre in Timor Leste;

Stephanie Guest, Anna Heyward and Miles Munn: Working with the Department of English to establishing a student institute, to revitalise interest in Australian writing;

Angela Keating, Kate Fitzgerald, India Prior and Hannah Fesseya: In partnership with Jesuit Social Services, introducing teenage girls from the Flemington Public Housing Estate to various creative workshops;

Yue Lou, Xiao Liu, Oliver Lock, Matthew Pierri, Subidit Nandy, Jue Wang, and Catherine O McLennon: Setting up a series of speaking events on campus, around innovative 'ideas worth spreading', as part of the international non-profit organisation TED (www.TED.com); and

Priiyanca Nadarajah, Jamil Diu, Mark Gifford, Jonathan Chen, Susan Travis and Audrey Tan: Working with the Moreland City Council on a community-based urban rejuvenation initiative.

There are two application rounds per year. Round 2 is open until Friday, 5 October.

For more information about applications and eligibility:
http://services.unimelb.edu.au/live/volunteer/resources.

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