Student wins Landgate Bursary
Curtin University student Amy Chong was recently awarded the 2012 Landgate Bursary, which recognises the achievement of an innovative spatial sciences student.
Landgate Manager Location Products and Services Lesley Arnold presented Amy with $3500 to assist with her final year studies.
“When awarding the Bursary, Landgate looks at a student’s previous academic results as well as their responses to two questions,” Dr Arnold said.
“Amy was a recipient of a Landgate Cadetship in 2009 as well as a previous winner of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Award for Excellence in 2010.
“Her academic record was impressive, and her responses well thought out.”
Ms Chong said the spatial industry was a dynamic industry that she was excited to work in.
“I find the industry evolves with the development of technology and since this is always improving it keeps adaptive and fresh,” she said.
“It is also extremely innovative in the sense that it can cover a broad range of applications.”
Ms Chong recently completed an internship at the United Nations World Food Program headquarters in Rome, Italy.
She was stationed in the Vulnerability Assessment Mapping division, analysing satellite imagery to determine vegetation conditions in Nepal and Afghanistan to ensure there is food security in those regions.
“We were using time-series data to derive the Normalised Difference Vegetation Index for the whole of the two countries, which we then overlayed with crop yield data,” she said.
“I found this extremely interesting and it was great to be working towards such a good cause.
“The internship also doubled up as research for my final year project, which I am completing now.”
Ms Chong encouraged other students to apply for the Bursary and for spatial cadetships at Landgate.
“Being a previous Landgate cadet, I can vouch that the support and contacts you gain through this program are invaluable and will further both your academic and professional careers,” she said.
“My Bursary money will go towards fees and materials to take me to the end of my undergraduate degree in hope of taking on some postgraduate studies.
“My financial burden has immediately been lightened and now I can focus on the chaos that is the end of my semester!”
Curtin students enrolled in their final year of a Bachelor of Science (Cartography) or Bachelor of Science (Geographic Information Science) degree are eligible for the Bursary.