Two University of Otago students have been selected as Rhodes
Scholars to study in England next year.
Louis Chambers and Edward Stace were two of three
students selected nationally, after a meeting chaired by
Governor-General Lieutenant-general Sir Jerry Mateparae at
Government House in Wellington on Wednesday.
A Universities New Zealand spokesman said Mr Chambers would
graduate from the University of Otago with a bachelor of laws
degree with honours and a bachelor of arts degree majoring in
economics, with a minor in environmental management.
At Oxford, he planned to study a for bachelor of civil law
degree in his first year and the master of science in
environmental change and management degreein his second year.
Mr Chambers founded Generation Zero, a group that advocated
for responsible policy changes to reduce New Zealand's
emissions and was the University of Otago Debating Society
president for more than two years, representing the
university at the Australasian inter-varsity debating
Mr Stace studied medicine at the University of Otago and
completed the research degree, bachelor of medical science with
honours. His research investigated growing bone tissue from
stem cells for storage and future transplantation.
At Oxford, he plans to study for a Phd and to continue his
studies in tissue engineering and further develop his
education in preventive medicine and public health.
Mr Stace trained as an officer in the Territorial Force of
the New Zealand Army and was a member of the New Zealand
Youth Olympic Rowing Squad.
The Rhodes Scholarship is an international postgraduate award
for foreign students to study at the University of Oxford in
England. Rhodes Scholars can study any full-time postgraduate
course offered by the British university.
The third Rhodes Scholarship was awarded to James Bonifacio,
who is studying at the University of Canterbury. He has
completed a BSc degree with a double major in mathematics and
physics, and is now in his honours year. At Oxford, he
intends to undertake a Phd in theoretical physics.