Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Fisheries; Electoral Affairs

    Resources research gets scholarship boost

    16/05/2012 12:00 AM
    • $65,000 offered over seven mineral and energy research scholarships
    • Scholarship program designed to attract and retain WA researchers
    • State Government invested $20million into MERIWA since 1981
    Seven West Australian post-graduate students will share $65,000 in scholarships for research projects in the mineral and energy industries.

    Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore announced the 2012 Minerals and Energy Research Institute of Western Australia (MERIWA) scholarship winners this morning.

    Mr Moore said the scholarship program was crucial in attracting and retaining future generations of researchers, to support the growth of the mineral and energy industries.

    “Over the past 30 years this program has supported 284 research projects which have helped to stimulate growth in this State’s minerals and extractive energy industries,” he said.

    Six scholarships of $10,000 ($5,000 for stipend, $5,000 for project maintenance) were awarded to Zoja Vukmanovic, Margaux le Vaillant, Amir Mokaramin, Bryn Funnekotter, Vida Minaeian and Maryam Jozegholami Barmi. Kerryn Chia received a half scholarship. Ms Vukmanovic and Ms Chia both received scholarships for the second consecutive year to further research they started last year.

    The Minister said it was extremely important to encourage this sort of best practice research and innovation in the minerals and energy sector.

    “Not only will it ensure future technological challenges faced by the minerals and energy sector are met with innovative solutions, but will also ensure WA continues to provide cutting-edge research for the mineral and energy industries through universities and other government and private laboratories,” he said.
    MERIWA’s 2012 scholarship recipients and projects are:
    • Zoja Vukmanovic (UWA) researching the processes involved in the remobilisation of nickel sulphides
    • Margaux le Vaillant (UWA) researching the nature, geometry and size of hydrothermal remobilisation of base metals, platinum group elements and gold around magmatic nickel sulphide deposits
    • Amir Mokaramin (Curtin) focusing on introducing the technology of coiled tube drilling from existing applications in the petroleum industry, for deep mineral exploration drilling
    • Bryn Funnekotter (Curtin) researching effective cryo-preservation protocols
    • Vida Minaeian (Curtin) investigating the physical and mechanical characteristics of shale gas
    • Maryam Jozegholami Barmi (Murdoch) looking to produce efficient, large scale cobalt composite electrodes for base metal electro-winning systems
    • Kerryn Chia (UWA) further researching methods to reduce dormancy loss and promote germination in snottygobble seeds.
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    • More information about the scholarship program is available at the MERIWA website
    Minister's office - 6552 5400