Ambassador Moore hosts US graduate research fellows traveling to New Zealand
Ambassador Mike Moore welcomed 15 U.S. East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) fellows destined for New Zealand to his residence this Monday for a New Zealand Embassy reception. The fellows were in town for the EAPSI 2012 pre-departure orientation which included attendees such as fellows, alumni, foreign counterparts from seven host locations, guest speakers, and National Science Foundation (NSF) staff.
The 15 New Zealand-bound fellows are from a group of 205 EAPSI Fellows who will be traveling to host locations in East Asia and Pacific in the summer of 2012. EAPSI is an NSF program which provides U.S. graduate students in science and engineering first-hand research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan. The program also gives the students an introduction to the science, science policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective location as well as an orientation to the society, culture and language.
New Zealand joined EAPSI in 2007 as a general means of strengthening the US - NZ science relationship and to encourage the development of international collaboration early in U.S. scientists’ careers. EAPSI is co-funded with NSF by the New Zealand Ministry of Science and Innovation and administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ). Since its inception in New Zealand, a number of students have established ongoing research collaborations between their home institution and their New Zealand host lab. EAPSI fellows can be placed in universities, Crown Research Institutes or non-profit organizations.
New Zealand is exceedingly popular as a destination amongst EAPSI applicants and so only the very top candidates are chosen for New Zealand. Many students hail from exceptional colleges here that are targets for collaboration by our research institutes.