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Friday 17 January 2014

“Being awarded the Wanda Henry Scholarship in Photonics has been a huge honour and ANU kindly gave me the opportunity to fly up to Brisbane and meet Wanda’s parents; Bob and Margret Henry. It was fantastic to meet them in person and hear their stories. I could tell they were very proud of Wanda and it gave me a deep sense of pride for being awarded the Scholarship after her. From what I understand Wanda was a very kind, caring and well-rounded person, having outstanding achievements across many fields (not only academically) and also being involved with many social and community activities. This legacy of hers is an inspiration to me, and the whole experience of being awarded this Scholarship has further fuelled my excitement to pursue my studies in photonics.

Currently I’m on University exchange at University College Dublin for this semester. This has been an incredible experience in every sense! The financial benefits of the scholarship have allowed me to become more actively engaged with social and community events, which have greatly enhanced my experience here so far. 

I am very grateful for being granted the Wanda Henry Scholarship and am proud to be the first recipient of this award in honour of Wanda’s life. I think her life should be an inspiration to all.”

Benjamin Courtney-Barrer
Inaugural Wanda Henry Scholar in Photonics

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