University of Otago bachelor of medical science honours students (front from left) Campbell Heron, Hugh McHugh, Tim Foster, (back from left) Ryan Hill, William Blackburne, Isaac Tranter-Entwistle (all aged 21) and Nick Erskine (23). Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Prof Peter Crampton, the University of Otago
pro-vice-chancellor, health sciences, told Otago medical
science honours students yesterday that richly rewarding
careers awaited them in medical research.
These medical students have opted to take time off from their
undergraduate medical studies to pursue a year of intensive
research for a bachelor of medical science honours degree.
Prof Crampton announced a series of awards and scholarships
for the medical research students at a function in their
honour and wished them a ''fantastic year, with lots of
Research provided the foundation for future new medical
treatments - ''they're created through research'', he said in
It was crucial for some medical students to gain a taste of
advanced research before they rushed ''headlong'' into their
future clinical careers.
''And they've got this wonderful challenge ahead of them.''
Some of those students devoting themselves to a year of
research would also be future doctoral graduates, future
senior medical researchers and future Otago faculty of
medicine staff, Prof Crampton said.
The following scholarships and awards have been made to Otago
BMedSc (Hons) students this year:Maurice and Phyllis Paykel
Trust Research Award in Medical Sciences, $8000, Caitlin
Batt, Christchurch, Nicholas Erskine, Isaac
Tranter-Entwistle; Tassell Scholarship, $8000, Timothy
Foster; Alastair Burry Scholarship, $5000, and A.F.J. Mickle
Scholarship, $600, Crystal Diong; L.F. Hall Scholarship,
$5000, Ryan Hill; Faculty of Medicine Scholarship, $5000,
Morwan Bahi, Lauren Barnett, Ryan Barber, William Blackburne,
Sarah Cashen, Jared Corbett, Campbell Heron, Barnabus Hyland,
Hugh McHugh and Arden Roberts.