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   Ray Hart Memorial Scholarship * [F16614]

Ray Hart Memorial Scholarship * [F16614]

An asterisk (*) indicates that this scholarship is governed by conditions.

An initial sum of $40,000 has been donated to The University of Western Australia to establish a fund to provide a scholarship in memory of Dr Ray Hart who was a graduate of this University and who worked as an ecologist and environmental scientist. Dr Hart’s work covered all aspects of flora, vegetation and fauna ecology and his focus was always to achieve sound environmental management through the integration of environmental principles in projects.  The scholarship is administered in accordance with the following conditions.

Title
1.
The scholarship is called the Ray Hart Memorial Scholarship.

Purpose
2.
The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage and assist a student to pursue field research in natural history.

Value
3.(1)
The annual value of the scholarship is $3500.

(2) The scholarship is provided from the annual income of the fund after capitalisation in accordance with Senate Policy.

(3) If in any one year, the interest generated from the fund is insufficient to provide a scholarship of $3500, the balance is taken from the capital.

Eligibility Requirements
4.
To be eligible to apply for a scholarship an applicant must be—

(a) enrolled in a course offered by the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences; and

(b)(i) undertaking honours or postgraduate studies; or

(ii) undertaking the Level 4 project for their undergraduate degree course; and

(c) undertaking research that includes a substantial field component and displays a multidisciplinary approach to an ecological question.

Body Responsible for Selection
5.(1)
The selection committee for the scholarship comprises—

(a) the Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences who shortlists applications prior to their consideration by the other members of the selection committee who comprise:

(i) a representative from the Environmental Consultants Association WA, or nominee;

(ii) a representative from the Hart family, or nominee; and

(iii) a representative from the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences as Chair.

(2) The Dean does not attend the selection committee meeting.

Selection Criteria
6.
The selection committee recommends to the Faculty that the scholarship be awarded to the applicant who, in its opinion, best demonstrates—

(a) a commitment to developing skills in field ecological research;

(b) a strong work ethic;

(c) a commitment to apply field research to achieve a broad and pragmatic insight into interdisciplinary ecological studies, as evidenced by the applicant's research proposal;

(d) enthusiasm and commitment to communicate with peers and the wider community; and

(e) academic merit.

Selection Process
7.(1)
Selection of the recipient is made by the selection committee having regard to the applicant's academic record, completed application form and the proposed research proposal.

(2) The selection committee interviews short listed applicants.

Awarding Body
8.
The scholarship is awarded by the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, on the recommendation of the selection committee.

Method of Payment
9.
The scholarship is paid in one instalment in June of each relevant year.

Duration of Award
10.
The scholarship is tenable for one year only.

Concurrent Awards
11.
The Ray Hart Memorial Scholarship may be held concurrently with any other scholarship or award provided that the conditions of the other scholarship so permit.

Application Procedure
12.(1)
Written applications are called for annually and must be submitted to the Senior Faculty Administrative Officer of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences by 31 March of each year.

(2) The applicant must provide (in no more than 1000 words) –

(a) a brief outline of the proposed research project;

(b) a brief description of how the project meets the purpose of and criteria for the award; and

(c) a brief statement of how the scholarship will benefit the applicant.

Student Opportunity
13. The scholarship recipient is invited to attend an event organised by the Environmental Consultants Association WA and will be given the opportunity to talk about the achievements of the research project.

Other Requirements
14.
The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences—

(a) administers and advertises the scholarship;

(b) invites a representative from the Environmental Consultants Association WA to its annual Valedictory and Prize Giving dinner; and

(c) provides to the scholarship recipient an up to date list of all donors.

Publications
15.
Any thesis, dissertation or other publication resulting from research undertaken by the recipient while in receipt of the Ray Hart Memorial Scholarship must acknowledge the support of the scholarship and carry the University by-line.

Intellectual Property
16. Intellectual property is governed by the University's Intellectual Property policy available on the University's web site at http://www.universitypolicies.uwa.edu.au/page/117132.

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