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Waikato student wins Regional Council Water Prize

13 February 2012

Gabrielle Batenburg

Water Winner: University of Waikato student Gabrielle Batenburg has been awarded the 2011 Waikato Regional Council Prize in Water Science for achieving top marks in the subject.

University of Waikato student Gabrielle Batenburg has been awarded the Waikato Regional Council Prize in Water Science for 2011 for achieving top marks in the subject.

Batenburg has just finished her Bachelor of Science with a double major in Psychology and Environmental Science and this year is studying towards a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

Presented at a ceremony at the Regional Council on February 7, the award is presented each year to a student who excels in environmental science.

“I feel extremely honoured to receive this award as it provides some recognition for my efforts in my studies,” says Batenburg. “The prize helps me with my further studies by reducing my student loan."

Batenburg hopes to be selected for the clinical psychology programme after completing her graduate diploma.

“I still have a huge interest and passion for the environment especially concerning hydrology and soil, but any further work I do with these will be on a volunteering basis.”

The Waikato Regional Council prize was established in 1990 by Sir Ross Jansen, a former Hamilton mayor, with the University of Waikato’s Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences. It is awarded annually to the top Bachelor of Science student enrolled in water science papers within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.