Summer Gold Competition 2016 winners

An architecture student has won a top prize in Victoria’s annual Summer Gold Competition for his video on housing damage in the Canterbury earthquakes.

Gerard Finch’s research was supervised by Dr Geoff Thomas and supported by the Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ).

The judges were impressed by the video’s strong narrative and imagery, and it was also named highly commended in the most engaging demonstration of research category.

The Summer Gold Competition aims to acknowledge the research achievements of the students who participated in the Summer Scholars Scheme during the past summer. The students were required to design a poster or create a video about their research, in collaboration with their supervisor.

This year there were 11 categories, won by 15 students from across the University. A full list of the winners can be found below.

For more information about the scheme, see Summer Research Scholarships.

Best Overall Poster

English student Alistair Murray ($2,000) with his poster Proletarian literary politics.

Best Overall Video

Gerard Finch ($2,000) with his video Multi variable analysis of house damage in the Canterbury earthquake sequence.

Most Engaging Demonstration of Research

The judges were so impressed with the quality of posters this year that this award ($500) has been split between five winners.

Best Visual Presentation

Marketing student Katelynn Fuller ($500) with her poster I want it NOW.

Education and Psychology winner

Psychology student Jess Shaw ($500) with her poster Is too much of a good thing bad?

Humanities winner

Māori studies student Naoko Yui ($500) with her poster The prosody of Māori ‘ko’.

Biology and Ferrier Research Institute winner

Ecology and Biodiversity student Jessica Russell ($500) with her poster Growing bees.

Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, and Chemistry and Physics winner

Geology student Adam Thomas ($500) with his poster Quaternary Geology of the DFP.

Accounting and Commercial Law, and the Information Management winner

Economics and Finance student David Cheng ($500) with his poster Reviewing the economic effect of Cartels.

Management, Marketing and International Business, and Government winner

Tourism student Alexandra Gadd ($500) with her poster Understanding the drivers of dissatisfaction among visitors to Department of Conservation campgrounds.

Architecture and Design winner

Landscape Architecture student Jessica Smith ($500) with her poster The role of open space for post-disaster recovery in the Wellington city centre.