Meet your 2017 exec

All Committee members are current students at the University of Canterbury and volunteer their time to run the UC PGSA.
 
The Committee is voted in by majority vote during October each year. New members are welcome at any stage throughout the year by email request.

 
 
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Esther peach (MAsters)
president
Portfolio position: communication

Age:                                       26
Department:                          Linguistics

Where from:                          Christchurch
Favourite place to visit:        Marlborough Sounds

Favourite Food:                     Nothing beats a good pizza

Best life advice:                     
The grass is greener where you water it - Neil Barringham

SITS ON: UC RESEARCH COMMITTEE, POSTGRADUATE COMMITTEE


emma mccone (Masters)
treasurer
portfolio position: social

Age:                                        21
Department:                          Geography

Where from:                           Lumsden, Southland
Favourite place to visit:        Mount Cook

Favourite Food:                      Chicken nuggets

Best life advice:                     
Ain't about how fast I get there                                               
Ain't about what's waitin' on the other side
It's the climb

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claude meffan (doctorate)
secretary
Portfolio position: sponsorship

Age:                              24
Department:                 Electrical and Computer Engineering
Thesis topic:                 Phononic meta-materials

Where from:                           Nelson, New Zealand
Favourite place to visit:        Lake Wanaka in the summer!

Favourite Food:          Bagels with sweet chilli cream cheese

Best life advice:                     
When making green curry, use frozen Kaffir leaves. It gives the flavour a big lift


gabby watson (doctorate)
advocacy
portfolio position: international

Age:                                       24
Department:                         Geological Sciences
Thesis topic:                         Faults and Fluid Flow

Where from:                           England
Favourite place to visit:        Places with cool geology

Favourite Food:                     Cheese

Best life advice:                     
Maturity is knowing you were an idiot in the past, wisdom is knowing you will be an idiot in the future, and common sense is trying not to be an idiot now - QC

SITS ON: COLLEGE OF SCIENCE COMMITTEE

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Emily searle (Masters)
social events manager

Age:                                       22
Department:                          Physics and Astronomy
Thesis topic:                          Spectral CT of Atheroma

Where from:                           Christchurch
Favourite place to visit:        Akaroa

Favourite Food:                     Thai green curry

Best life advice:                     
You'll only regret what you didn't do rather than what you did, so do what makes you happy 


lance mcbride (doctorate)
academics manager

Age:                        33
Department:          Philosophy
Thesis topic:          Social Existentialism and the Unification of Normative Ethics

Where from:                           Nelson
Favourite place to visit:        Rakaia or, more specifically, the Rakaia Salmon. Preferably at 3 in the morning.

Favourite Food:                     Eggs Benedict

Best life advice:                     
People are just people. In all circumstances and at all times. Including lecturers.

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evelyn yeap EWE LIN (Doctorate)
portfolio position: academics

Age:                          34
Department:             Educational Studies and Leadership
Thesis topic:             Malaysian Undergraduates' Involvement in          Outdoor-based Education to acquire Teamwork, Leadership and Communication Skills

Where from:                           Malaysia
Favourite place to visit:        Nature or under the sea (anywhere I can scuba dive with dolphins)

Favourite Food:                    Thai Food (must have rice)

Best life advice:                     
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me - Philippians 4:13


rachel finn (Masters)
communications manager

Age:                                       22
Department:                          Psychology

Where from:                          Christchurch
Favourite place to visit:        Rangiora

Favourite Food:                     Pancakes

Best life advice:                     
Yes, Virgina, there is a Santa Claus

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ana yuchshenko (Doctorate)
international students coordinator

Age:                                       28
Department:                          Political Science

Where from:                          Kazakhstan
Favourite place to visit:       Greece

Favourite Food:                    Bacon

Best life advice:                     
Always keeps fighting


manish sultania (MASters)
Portfolio position: international

Age:                                       35
Department:                          Business and Law
Thesis topic:                          Professional Accounting

Where from:                           India
Favourite place to visit:        Taormina (Sicily), Paris, Munich, Lake Constance, Bavaria, Manhattan

Favourite Food:                     Italian, India, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese

Best life advice:                     
Patience is the most over-rated virtue

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