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The New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering awards annual Research Scholarships for applicants undertaking worthwhile research projects in earthquake engineering at New Zealand universities and research institutes. The objectives of the scholarship are to promote research in earthquake engineering and encourage students of high ability to continue advanced studies in earthquake engineering.

Applicants should be pursuing a full-time course of study towards a post-graduate qualification at a New Zealand institution including research relevant to the mission of the NZSEE which is to gather, shape and apply knowledge to reduce the impact of earthquakes on our communities.

Applicants should be intent on pursuing a career in earthquake engineering and must demonstrate outstanding ability and promise. Preference will be given to candidates pursuing research in support of the Society’s current technical projects as identified on the Society’s website.

We expect applicants to be Student Members of the Society.

The NZSEE Scholarship will have a value of $5,000. The recipient must agree to continue their studies for at least a full academic year and to present the findings of their research at an NZSEE Annual Conference and in the Bulletin.

No application form is required. Applicants should provide the following information briefly but clearly:

  • A brief curriculum vitae (one page).
  • A statement outlining other financial support being received by the candidate.
  • A short title for the proposed research project.
  • A brief outline of the nature, purpose and probable outcomes of the research (two pages).
  • A letter of support from the Academic Supervisor.
  • A brief work plan indicating the start and finish dates and current status of the project (one page).

Applications should be submitted to the NZSEE Executive Officer by Wednesday 2nd March 2016.

Past Recipients

2012 Lucas Hogan Categorization and Seismic Response of the New Zealand Bridge Stock
Trevor Yeow Decision Support Tools for Seismic Sustainability Assessment Considering Downtime and Injury
2009 Thomas Algie Numerical and Experimental Modelling of Rocking Foundations Subjected to Seismic Loadings
2008 Brendon Bradley Seismic loss estimation and soil-pile-structure systems
2007 Debra Gardiner Undertaking research towards a Ph.D. at Canterbury University, on the Development of Design Recommendations for the Internal Forces within Concrete Floor Diaphragms. Debra is a researcher who the Society considers to have great potential to produce practice oriented research outcomes that would have a direct and immediate application in the design of Reinforced Concrete diaphragm floors.
Brian Peng Undertaking Ph.D. research at the University of Canterbury, on the Seismic performance assessment of reinforced concrete buildings with precast concrete floor systems. The Society considers Brian to be an outstanding student and that his theoretical and modelling of RC precast floor systems would greatly add value to experimental work already undertaken at Canterbury on this key aspect of modern buildings in New Zealand.
Aaron Wilson undertaking research towards a Ph.D. at Auckland University is also a high calibre student, and is carrying out in-field seismic assessment and retrofit of unreinforced masonry buildings. The Society expects Aaron to produce valuable research that characterises and models New Zealand unreinforced masonry buildings and develops innovative retrofit solutions.