University of Newcastle Central Coast campus honours student Selin Tan has been awarded a new scholarship established by the Sanitarium Health Food Company.
The scholarship, which is worth $5,000, is assisting Ms Tan, a University of Newcastle student who is undertaking a research project as part of studies for a Bachelor of Science (Food Technology) Honours degree.
Ms Tan's research project aims to understand the impact of new cereal processing conditions on the stability of three vitamins: thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2) and niacin (vitamin B3).
Dr Claire Heenan, the Technical Services Manager at Sanitarium Development and Innovation, said the funding for the scholarship would not only benefit the student but also help further research into cereal processing techniques.
"Selin's work will help us fully understand the impact of new processing conditions on these three important vitamins.
"With the advancement of new processing techniques and conditions, all impacts of any changes need to be fully understood."
Dr Paul Roach from the Faculty of Science and Information Technology at the University of Newcastle's Central Coast campus said the partnership formed between the University and Sanitarium would benefit students.
"This scholarship provides the means for encouraging a student identified has having a very high potential for doing research."
University of Newcastle Foundation CEO Louise O'Connell said the University was grateful for Sanitarium's support of our students and research.
"A donation to education is an investment in the future and the future of our children and our grandchildren. Education is a priceless gift."
Anyone wishing to donate to the University of Newcastle can contact the Foundation on (02) 4921 7454 or visit www.newcastle.edu.au/foundation.
About the UON Foundation:
The UON Foundation aims to attract philanthropic support to enhance our capacity to be a university of distinction. Donations fund student scholarships, academic positions and research. The Foundation also aims to create and sustain relationships between the community, business, alumni and the University.