ALPSSGRAD 2019 Graduate and Postgraduate Conference

15 November 2019

Professor Kay Weaver congratulating Ann Afadama for winning a prize for Best Paper.

A very successful ALPSSGRAD Conference was held on 7 and 8 November 2019 at the University of Waikato.

Students from across New Zealand came together to share their ideas and research in a supportive, professional and congenial environment.

52 papers were presented over the 2 days of the Conference.

Four Best Paper Awards went to:

  • Ann Afadama for "Why Nigeria sought military support from its neighbours in the war against Boko Haram" (Political Science & Public Policy, University of Waikato)
  • Juliana Brown for "Mixed methods research: when your participants and your P-values meet" (Psychology, University of Waikato)
  • Brent Commerer for "See how she runs: How and why US presidential primaries have changed" (Political Science, University of Waikato)
  • Margaret Crawford for "Scent detection dogs' acquisition of the lung cancer concept" (Psychology, University of Waikato)

The Rangahau Māori Prize went to:

  • Taniwha Williams for his paper "Why do my whānau not speak te reo Māori?" (Psychology, University of Waikato)
  • A special mention also went to Amelia Williams for "Climate Change: knowing the past to protect our future. Critical Kaupapa Māori: an action science for a globalised world" (Māori and Indigenous Studies, University of Waikato)

There were seven special mentions:

  • Sharayne Bennett for "Moral economy: A comparative anthropological essay" (Anthropology, University of Waikato)
  • Francesca Dodd for "Why do we continue to get sub-optimum outcomes in the NZ housing sector? An analysis of a complex governance network" (Geography, University of Waikato)
  • Annelore Finger for "She's a hero! Reflecting on gender representation and children's perception of Disney character Moana" (Screen and Media, University of Waikato)
  • Dee Holmes for "Estate claims under the Family Protection Act 1955 and the crossover between therapeutic jurisprudence and judicial discretion" (Te Piringa – Faculty of Law, University of Waikato)
  • Tihomir Rangelov for "The importance of indigenous languages for science: An example from the Ahamb language of Vanuatu" (Linguistics, School of Arts, University of Waikato)
  • David Trye for "Do the mahi, get the tweets: A linguistic analysis of NZ English on Twitter" (Linguistics / Computer Science, University of Waikato)
  • Ben Young for "The philosophy of time: Presentism, surrogate entities and nonexistent objects" (Philosophy, University of Waikato)

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