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SEI Research Affiliate Leah Lui-Chivizhe Receives the Bankmecu Student Excellence Award

Leah Lui-Chivizhe receives the Bankmecu Student Excellence Award Scholarship.

Leah Lui-Chivizhe received the Student Excellence Award Scholarship last month for her work on the historical use of turtle shell and fishing of turtles by the people of the Torres Strait Islands. 

The award was presented to Leah by Bankmecu as part of the CSIRO Malcolm McIntosh Memorial Lecture, which this year was delivered by SEI co-director and author of The Reef Professor Iain McCalman.

The scholarship will help pay for Leah’s doctoral studies and possibly even fund a trip to the Torres Strait to assist her research. 

Watch Leah speak about her amazing experiences with traditional turtle shell masks of the Torres Strait and find out about how people meet the masks below.

We sat down with Leah to find out more about her fascinating research into turtles, turtle shell, traditional masks and gender in the Torres Strait. Listen to the podcast here: