Photo: Professor Kim Langfield-Smith, Deputy Dean (Research), Taya Dumrongrittikul, Chia-Feng Yu, Professor Stephen King, Dr Fiona Cochrane, Natalie Ooi and Dr Andrew Cochrane.
Three students awarded Cochrane Scholarships
The Donald Cochrane Postgraduate Research Scholarship, created to honour the Faculty of Business and Economics foundation dean, the late Professor Donald Cochrane, has been awarded to three recipients for 2010. Taya Dumrongrittikul, from the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, Natalie Ooi, Department of Management and Chia-Feng Yu, Department of Economics, were this year’s recipients.
The Cochrane Scholarship is awarded annually to the most outstanding full-time PhD candidates conducting research in any of the business disciplines and is one of Monash University’s most prestigious awards. The scholarships were made possible thanks to the philanthropy of Donald Cochrane’s children Dr Andrew Cochrane and Dr Fiona Cochrane, along with other donors.
Awarding the scholarships, the Dean, Professor Stephen King, referred to Kristian Rotaru’s appointment as a lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance. Kristian received the inaugural scholarship in 2006. “This reinforces the value of the scholarship to the faculty and its future,” Professor King said.
Taya’s research focuses on establishing a path toward sustainable growth for developing countries with a model to allow greater understanding of long running exchange rate movements. “Receiving this scholarship not only provides a great opportunity for me to come to Monash University but also brings a great honour to me and my family.”
Natalie’s research focuses on community perspectives on sustainable ski tourism development. “I would like to express my utmost gratitude and appreciation to all involved in allowing me to undertake this exciting research by providing the necessary financial assistance.”
Chia-Feng’s research focuses on the application of contract theory to banking, specifically the incentives for bank executives and stability and competition in the banking industry. “I would like to thank all of those who have contributed to the success of the scholarship. You provide us with the ladder to climb up towards the academic paradise.”
The late Professor Donald Cochrane, a distinguished economist, was founding dean of the Faculty of Economics and Politics (now Business and Economics) at Monash University and held office from 1961 to 1981.
This three-year scholarship is tenable by a full-time PhD candidate conducting research in any of the business disciplines. Applicants need to be graduates with first-class honours in a relevant area of business or commerce.