2019-20 Student Internships
Te Pūnaha Matatini is a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence with researchers and students based all over New Zealand. We coordinate an internship scheme for partner organisations including iwi, Ministries, government departments, and private companies.
Te Pūnaha Matatini provided much of the impetus for Nebula, an innovative new data visualisation company set up by physicists with the help of the University of Auckland Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Dr Jeanette McLeod and Dr Phil Wilson, Te Pūnaha Matatini investigators and the co-founders of Maths Craft New Zealand, have been awarded the 2019 New Zealand Association of Scientists Cranwell Medal for Science Communication.
It is well known that female students are under-represented in university physics. However, the reasons for this are not so well understood. New research by Te Pūnaha Matatini investigators helps shed some light,
Te Pūnaha Matatini researchers Alex James (pictured) and Michael Plank co-authored a recently published paper revealing the extent to which women are under-represented in the science field.
New research led by Te Pūnaha Matatini Associate Investigator Dr Tara McAllister has revealed that Māori and Pasifika are severely under-represented in New Zealand’s university workforce.
Julie Mugford, PhD student at the University of Canterbury and Chair of Te Pūnaha Matatini Whānau, is developing statistical tools to improve the accuracy of classification-based crowdsourcing, aka citizen science.
Novel public health research being conducted by Te Pūnaha Matatini investigator Dr Anna Matheson from Victoria University of Wellington has spurred much interest worldwide.
Te Pūnaha Matatini incoming co-directors Cilla Wehi and Murray Cox have collaborated on an analysis of Māori ancestral sayings (whakataukī), and their recognition of extinctions and their impact.
Te Pūnaha Matatini was able to offer New Zealand university students paid 10-week internship positions over the 2018-19 summer, which involved working on projects with various partner organisations.