I did my M.A. in political science. My pleasure to help.
First year PhD Student
--- On Thu, 4/30/09, Ramadansyah Hasan <rh107(a)students.waikato.ac.nz> wrote:
From: Ramadansyah Hasan <rh107(a)students.waikato.ac.nz>
Subject: [Pgsa_mem] Need a volunteer
To: "Members of The Waikato University Post Graduate Students Association" <pgsa_mem(a)list.waikato.ac.nz>
Date: Thursday, April 30, 2009, 3:25 AM
It was nice to meet so many PhD students and new friends at the workshop last week. As one can review his/her own work, I look for a volunteer to read the draft chapter of my thesis. This is my second year doing the research and the progress is too slow to my liking.
The working title of the thesis is "international restriction in controlling the circulation of small arms and light weapons in international law".
Please contact me if any of you interested to read. Any comments and suggestions on the draft will greatly help me.
I am also more than happy to read any thesis in area of international humanitarian law, armed conflicts, international relations, or peace studies.
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Two summer research scholarship positions open for this summer that
some of you may be interested in. Abstracts attached.
Begin forwarded message:
> From: "Marcia Johnson" <MARCIA(a)waikato.ac.nz>
> Date: July 23, 2009 8:17:49 PM GMT+12:00
> To: "Nachowitz, Todd" <tn37(a)waikato.ac.nz>
> Subject: Material for the PGSA list
> Hi Todd,
> Would you mind including the description of the following two summer
> research scholarships in the PGSA list? We're looking for students
> to employ - the pay is good for 10 weeks of work and it's not taxed
> (I gather) because it's a scholarship.
> Thanks and see you tomorrow.
> Cheers, Marcia
> E. Marcia Johnson, PhD (Toronto),
> Director, Student Learning Support,
> Associate Director, Waikato Pathways College,
> The University of Waikato,
> Private Bag 3105, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand
> Phone: 64 7 838 4466 ext 8327,
> Fax: +64 7 838 4573
Me again. Just wanted to give everyone an update on some things that
Had a good meeting of the Postgraduate Studies Committee yesterday.
Some items of note for PGSA members:
1. Just a reminder about the "Thesis Writing Circle" (a series of
discussions about writing, meeting monthly) that begins tomorrow
(Friday 24th July in BG.24, as per earlier notice). There may only be
a couple of spaces left, so if you're planning to just show up, you
may be out of luck. I also wanted to stress that these workshops were
designed in such a way that these talks become long-term interactive
discussions between doctoral candidates (about our own theses) rather
than one way seminars. This includes peer-review and support and will
carry over through to the last session in the series in November.
This series has been organized by Student Learning Support in
consultation with the PGSA. Bring your own lunch, refreshments
provided. So if you haven't already registered you're probably out of
luck. Contact: <slsadmin(a)waikato.ac.nz>.
2. There may be a small amount of funding available for 1 doctoral
candidate to attend and present a paper at Victoria University's PGSA
conference 20-21 November. This conference is being organized by
Victoria's PGSA. Papers can be on any topic. For more information on
the conference: <www.nzpgc.org.nz>. If you are interested, let us
know as soon as possible.
3. The Minimum Resources Agreement: There was considerable discussion
on this topic and the committee is now making it a priority. A first
draft has been produced and the MRA sub-committee has been reformed
(finally!) in order to see the document tabled at an upcoming PGSC
meeting. We're currently linking the MRA to the University's long
term strategy. At present, the Agreement is currently titled
"Postgraduate Resources for Higher Degree Research Students: A
Statement of Expectations". Stay tuned...
4. Postgraduate Month. In order to highlight postgraduate research at
the University, the Postgraduate Studies Committee has deemed October
"Postgraduate Studies Month" and the Postgraduate Studies Office
(PGSO) plans a series of events designed to highlight postgraduate
research on campus. This is just beginning to take shape now, and
some of the plans include:
a. Chief Supervisors workshops
b. Post grad workshops (based upon the series we held in April)
c. a series of PhD candidate talks on their research
d. student recruitment drives
e. quiz night, and
f. a "Three-minute Speech Competition" where doctoral candidates are
allowed 3 minutes each to summarize their research. Contestants will
need to explain their topics in layman's terms to a panel of judges;
they must do it in 3 minutes and are only allowed a single powerpoint
slide. The competition winner will win $5000 for their university
research account, with other prizes also being offered. We'll let you
know how you can register; and more details are coming soon.
5. A couple of months ago the PGSA raised the issue of access to
software applications deemed necessary to complete our research. This
would include software such as SPSS, Nvivo, and other applications
above and beyond what is already provided by the Microsoft Office
suite. It has taken many months but this initiative has just finally
been approved at the highest level. At the moment we are currently
awaiting the formal statement to be drawn up by the IT Committee.
6. Following on from this success, we are still pursuing a couple of
similar measures that would allow all doctoral candidates (regardless
of School/Faculty or department) to be able to connect their personal
laptops to the university's network (both wireless and ethernet), and
we have raised the issue of the size allotted for our "home share" or
"H" drives. These, and other advances are expected to be formalised
in the wording of the draft Minimum Resources Agreement (Statement of
Expectations) which we hope will be enacted before the end of the year.
Dept. of Political Science and Public Policy
PGSA Student Representative to the Postgraduate Studies Committee
uni email: <tn37(a)waikato.ac.nz>
home email: <toddnach(a)gmail.com>
P Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail
FYI: Some of you may be interested in this part-time position.
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Sandra Mackenzie <Sandra.MacKenzie(a)dia.govt.nz>
> Date: July 20, 2009 11:16:29 AM GMT+12:00
> To: "'tn37(a)waikato.ac.nz'" <tn37(a)waikato.ac.nz>
> Subject: FW: fyi - Quota Refugees Ten Years On research - research
> supervisors sought for Akld, Hmlt, Chch
> Hi Todd
> The Department of Labour is looking for a Research Supervisor in
> Hamilton to supervise interviewers gathering data from refugees
> settled here 10-15 years ago. The research will take place between
> October and June 2010. They will recruit the interviewers, however
> require local supervision. They are estimating up to 100 hours work
> over 10 months.
> Tenders close 7 August. Further information is available at the
> website below.
> Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested.
> Sandra Mackenzie
> Ethnic Affairs Advisor
> Office of Ethnic Affairs
> The Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua
> Direct Dial: 07 839 9961
> Mobile: 027 4377 430
> Level 2, 410 Victoria Street
> PO Box 19230
> Hamilton, 3244
> From: Monique King
> Sent: Friday, 17 July 2009 4:04 p.m.
> To: OEA
> Subject: fyi - Quota Refugees Ten Years On research - research
> supervisors sought for Akld, Hmlt, Chch
> For your information:
> Quota Refugees Ten Years On
> This is a follow-up piece of research to Refugee Voices, but will
> focus on long-term settlement outcomes.
> DoL are doing the pilot in Wellington on August. Six interviewers
> have been recruited including fluent speakers of Somali, Arabic and
> Vietnamese to assist with the face-to-face interviews. They will
> also be using Language Line when interpreters are not available.
> The main study will commence nation-wide later in the year. In
> preparation for that we have also started the process of advertising
> for Research Supervisors in the Auckland, Hamilton and Christchurch
> regions. If you know anyone who may be interested in this position,
> the details can be found here:https://www.gets.govt.nz/Default.aspx?show=TenderDetail&TenderID=26658
> I am on the advisory group for this research project. Let me know if
> you have any questions.
Hi Todd (and list members)
I believe it would be more useful to find out what student at other universities are allocated. That way, you'll be able to compare our concerns against an external benchmark. If they come back with a comment like "40mb is a lot" you'll be able to say "not compared to other institutions".
Thanks for your continuing efforts, most appreciated
Department of Geography, Tourism and Environmental Planning
University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
Hamilton, New Zealand
+6478384466 ext. 6028 Fax: +6478384633
The next Postgraduate Studies Committee meeting is on Wednesday
morning 22 July, so if anyone has any issue or concern that they'd
like raised in Committee please let me know. Feel free to email me
directly or through this list, whichever you'd prefer.
Last month, Joseph had raised the issue of space allotment for our
"home share" accounts (or "H" drives). PhD Students in the Faculty or
Arts and Social Sciences receive only 40MB of space, a paltry sum
given the 20 or so GB that are often available for free with web-based
email accounts. It's not anywhere near enough to even back up the
files for my PhD thesis!
Can anyone else in the other schools/faculties (e.g. SMPD, Management,
Law, Education, Computer Science, etc.) let me know how much space is
allotted for your "H" drives? I'd like to see if the size is
consistent across all schools/faculties here at the uni, and will then
lobby for a much higher allocation. If I had this information before
the next PGSC meeting, i can raise this issue there.
Department of Political Science & Public Policy Seminar Series
B Semester 2009
Todd Nachowitz : "Quantifying Ethnic and Religious Diversity in New
Zealand: Past and Present Census Data and Future Projections"
Alan Simpson: “Getting it Wrong: New Zealand, Australia and Fiji”
Jordan Green New Zealand and Maritime Security in Southeast Asia and
Dov Bing: “The People’s Republic of China’s Minority Policy: The
Kaifeng Jewish Community”
Wambui Njagi: “Abortion Politics: Experiences of Fieldwork in Kenya”
Patrick Barrett: “Policy for an ageing population and the politics of
Jeanette Wright: “Ecological Modernization in New Zealand: A Proposal
Colm McKeogh: “Are the citizens of a democracy a just target for
Melissa Hackell: “Neoliberalising Social Democracy in New Zealand”