September 09, 2019
Chemist a natural for Tūwharetoa scholarship
Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust has given its first science, technology, engineering and mathematics scholarship to a Waikato University student working on ways to protect freshwater species from pollution.
Shaun Toroa Te Rire McNeil, who has whakapapa to Ngāti Tūrangitukua and Hirangi Marae, is in the third year of a Bachelor of Science degree studying cellular and molecular biology and chemistry.
He plans to pursue postgraduate study as natural products chemistry, which looks at what makes up living things and what they create on a chemical level.
Trust chair Rakeipoho Taiaroa says trustees were impressed with Mr McNeil’s dedication to an area of science that is important to protecting the awa and moana.
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