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Research Scholarship

The New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering awards an annual Research Scholarship 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 or the practice of mitigating the effects of earthquakes, and must demonstrate outstanding ability and promise.

We expect applicants to be Student Members of the Society.

The NZSEE Scholarship 2019 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 separate 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).

Nominations are currently closed. Check back early 2020 for details on nominations for the 2020 award.

Past Recipients

2019 Eyitayo Ademola Opabola Experimental Investigations and Vulnerability Modelling of Reinforced Concrete Frames Under Seismic Actions
2018 Ana I Sarkis Fernandez Quantifying Seismic Resilience of Low Damage Technologies for Short and Medium Span Bridges
2017 Gabriele Granello Long-Term Performance of Post-Tensioned Timber Structures
2016 Karim Tarbali Ground Motion Selection for Seismic Response Analysis
2015 Shahab Ramhormozian Enhancement of the Sliding Hinge Joint Connection with Belleville Springs
2014 Chris Van Houtte Rock Site Ground-motion Prediction in New Zealand
Robin Lee Development of a 3D Canterbury Seismic Velocity Model and Hybrid Broadband Ground Motion Simulation of the Canterbury Earthquakes
2013 Mustafa Mashal Advanced Bridge Construction and Design
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 Development of Design Recommendations for the Internal Forces within Concrete Floor Diaphragms
Brian Peng Seismic Performance Assessment of Reinforced Concrete Buildings with Precast Concrete Floor Systems.
Aaron Wilson In-field Seismic Assessment and Retrofit of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings