2007 STUART BARTON BABBAGE FELLOW
A prominent member of the New College community is set to return in 2007. In December 2006 ex-New Collegian Rebecca Barnes was awarded the Stuart Barton Babbage Fellowship for 2007. The Stuart Barton Babbage Fellowship is a postdoctoral scholarship award that suits Rebecca’s gifts and attributes. At the end of 2004 Rebecca left New College after four years as an undergraduate student resident.
In the first half of 2005 Rebecca spent a six month period working with homeless and disadvantaged people in the Washington DC ghettos. In July 2005 she commenced post graduate studies at UNSW. Rebecca was awarded the Women in Engineering Research Scholarship and is completing a PhD research project in the area of water engineering for developing regions. She is doing her fieldwork in Northern Philippines to help communities there. Her research project aims to improve the planning processes used in supplying water and sanitation to the poor.
Rebecca was Senior Academic Tutor (2003-2004) and an active member of the New community. As a senior resident, she spent time pastorally caring for and counselling younger student residents. In her final year Rebecca won the College’s top community service award – the Mick Bruand award.
As the Stuart Barton Babbage Fellow, Rebecca will live in the College as she completes her PhD and will be an academic role model for residents as well as offering personal support to the residents as she interacts with them. She will also encourage and assist newer undergraduate student residents with the challenges of academic life. Rebecca is a strong academic performer, being awarded the University Medal in Environmental Engineering in her final year of undergraduate studies.
“It’s a privilege to return to New”, Rebecca remarked. “The people here make this an amazing place. Each person is extraordinary in some way, and each is selfless in encouraging and applauding the gifts of others”. Welcome back Rebecca!