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Profiles- current Endeavour Awards winners
Profiles- current Endeavour Awards winners Ms Sri-anant Wanasen is a research assistant at the Food Biotechnology Laboratory, National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC). After one year of exchanging scientific ideas via internet communication with Dr Thomas Ross, her current supervisor at University of Tasmania who is a world renowned scientists for his work on predictive microbiology and risk assessment in various foods, Sri-anant was accepted by Dr Ross as his PhD student and was recommended to apply for Endeavour Scholarship. She is now a third year PhD student at the School of Agricultural Science, University of Tasmania. She would like to continue her research in the area of food safety and risk assessment upon her return to Thailand. “My experience of studying in Australia has been nothing less than Sri-anant Wanasen amazing, I have met many scientists not only from Australia and had a chance to learn from the world’s best. I strongly recommend anyone who is interested to give it a try,” said Sri-anant. Ms Punyanuch Sirisawadwattana graduated with first class honour in Business Administration majoring in accounting from Thammasat University. She used to work as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCooper. She is now concluding or undertaking a Master of Business Administration (MBA) majoring in corporate finance at Australian National University in Canberra. Punyanuch said she applied for the Endeavour Awards scholarship because the Award did not limit areas of study. She could study what she was really interested in without the having to think about dealing with financial issues. “I would like to become a management consultant in corporate finance or a management associate at a multinational corporation. Punyanuch After about ten years of applying what I have learned from the Sirisawadwattana Australian MBA degree to real world practices, I would move on to my long-term goal of becoming a leading business professor in Thailand to inspire the next generation of business students,” said Punyanuch. Ms Ladawan Hengwichitkul used to work at Patai Udom Suksa School as a head of Innovation and International Projects to build up online learning network with schools in other countries and also worked for Srinakharinwirot University where she earned a Masters Degree to create and develop online activities and lesson plans for talented children. Ladawan received several awards including the Microsoft Innovation Teacher Leadership Awards 2007 and the Thailand Animation & Multimedia Awards 2005. She also received a scholarship to take the online Professional Development Course in the Teaching of Foreign Language and Second Languages by using ICT as Tools in 2008 from the USA. Ladawan received the 2009 Endeavour Vocational Education and Training (VET) Award to undertake a diploma of Multimedia Authoring at Southbank Institute of Technology in Brisbane, Queensland. “I will apply the knowledge and skills from the multimedia Ladawan authoring to my teaching by creating an international online Hengwichitkul collaboration project with schools in Australia. As technology can empower teachers to create better learning for students, I hope I could also introduce technology to serve students of today in life long learning and in their personal lives as inquisitive, reflective and caring citizens,” said Ladawan. Dr Siriporn Khumsap is an Assistant Professor, Equine Clinic, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University. Dr Siriporn received the Endeavour Executive Award in April 2009 and has commenced her professional development at the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Victoria which is one of the busiest places for equine surgery in Australia. Her duties at the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital are to work with veterinarians, interns, veterinary nurses for equine patients, to observe and assist with surgical cases. “Veterinary medicine is an exciting career for me. I am always delighted to see the suffering animal being better. The Endeavour Award provides the opportunity for me to gain more experience in clinical practices which would encourage me to commence surgical services to equine patients in northern Thailand. I would encourage everyone who receives the information regarding the scholarship to send in the application. The announcement is very long before the Dr Siriporn Khumsap deadline, giving us plenty of time to gather the necessary document. The submission of application is very convenient with web-based system that you can upload and update your application as frequent as you wish before the deadline,” said Dr Siriporn. Mr Peter O’Donnell is an Australian PhD Candidate in Resource Management in Asia-Pacific Program (RMAP), Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University. He is currently conducting a research on environmental governance in Northern Thailand at Chiang Mai University. Peter decided to apply for the Endeavour Awards following encouragement from his PhD supervisor and is now studying alongside world renowned scholars in his field. The knowledge and language skills which he will acquire in Thailand will help with his future employment as he wishes to work in the Australian Public Service for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. “The Award has helped me to foster links which will be useful for both my current research and future work. I highly recommend Peter O’Donnell others to apply for the award,” said Peter.
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