Victoria University Wellington Post-Graduate Scholarship

Bowen Eye Clinic supports a Victoria University of Wellington post graduate student with a scholarship and part time employment for the year. Having flexible, paid, part time employment during the study year relieves financial pressure and provides an introduction to the workforce in a meaningful role that will add to the student’s career portfolio.

The 2020 recipient of the Bowen Eye Clinic Scholarship was Pruthvi Ranganatha.

Pruthvi is currently writing up her thesis to complete a Master of Health, majoring in Health Promotion through Victoria University of Wellington. Her research topic is on the use of behaviour change techniques on lifestyle interventions to mitigate against colorectal cancer. At present, New Zealand has one of the highest rates of colorectal cancer amongst many western countries and her research will give us insight to create interventions of greater efficacy. 

In between her busy study timetable Pruthvi trained and worked under the supervision of our Ophthalmic Technician and Office Manager, assisting in both clinic and front reception. You may have meet her at one of your visits before or after your Cataract and Laser Eye Surgery.

“I am very grateful for receiving the Bowen Eye Clinic scholarship as this has greatly helped me with my studies. I immensely appreciate the support the Bowen Eye Clinic team has provided me throughout the year. This has been an amazing opportunity as I have gained many skills whilst working at the clinic that I can take with me.  After completing my Masters, I intend on working in public health related jobs as I have a big passion for health and communities.” 

Reece and the team at Bowen Eye Clinic wish Pruthvi all the best for her future public health roles. 

Applications for the 2021 paid part time employment and scholarship are now open for eligible students who are enrolled at Victoria University of Wellington undertaking a Masters or PhD in the School of Biological Sciences, or the School of Psychology. 

Students are selected on the basis of their aptitude for technical laboratory work and work ethic.