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Otago student wins Eureka! Sir Paul Callaghan Trophy

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Tuesday 14 October 2014 8:13am

Sam Hall-McMaster

Third-year University of Otago neuroscience student, Sam Hall-McMaster, has taken out the third Eureka! Sir Paul Callaghan Awards, held in Wellington on Friday. Sam delivered a twelve-minute presentation about how nanoparticles could solve some of New Zealand’s health and environmental issues.

Sam is in his third year of a Bachelor of Science majoring in neuroscience at Otago, and recently returned from spending a semester at the University of California, Berkley.

In addition to the Sir Paul Callaghan trophy, Sam receives $5000. He was also the recipient of a scholarship provided by The McDiarmid Institute, which was awarded to ‘the student who presented the most creative and innovative solutions based on advanced materials and nanotechnology to address the critical issues of climate change and/or the delivery of green and sustainable growth for New Zealand.”

The 2014 Eureka! national finalists were all judged by a panel of scientists and businesspeople, consisting of Russ Ballard, Dr Stephen Goldson, Catherine Beard, Neville Jordan, and Kim Hill.

The Eureka! Sir Paul Callaghan Awards were set up in Sir Paul Callaghan’s name shortly after his passing and serve to provide a platform for young scientists and engineers to share their ideas that have societal, economic and environmental benefit for New Zealand.

Watch a video of Sam’s regional competition presentation.

Further information about the awards programme.

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