Local PhD candidate receives research grant

Siti Lieyana binti Mohd Azffri was recently awarded the Maurice ‘Ric’ Terman Research Grant Award, funded by the Geological Society of America (GSA).

The GSA’s Terman Fund promotes and supports the East Asia Geoscience and Environmental Research (EAGER) project that supports geoscience and environmental research in the member countries of the Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP), which include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Singapore and Timor-Leste. Awardees will receive a one-year research grant of up to USD5,000 for PhD candidates and up to USD2,500 for Masters candidates.

The award ceremony was held on November 24 virtually with CCOP member countries for the 57th CCOP Annual Session. Acting Deputy Director General of Public Works Department Ir Norazmi bin Haji Othman as the Chairman of National Committee of Geosciences and the Brunei Darussalam’ Permanent Representative to CCOP attended the ceremony.

PhD candidate Siti Lieyana and research supervisor Dr Stefan Herwig Gödeke also participated in the ceremony, where she presented her research proposal titled ‘Ground and surface water quality investigation for irrigation purposes in Brunei Darussalam’. The research aimed to provide a general overview of the ground and surface water geochemistry and their suitability for irrigation use.

According to Siti Lieyana, the research will contribute to the Brunei Government’s national irrigation agenda and efforts to achieve sustainable agricultural production goals.

Acknowledgements were given to Brunei’s National Committee of Geosciences and Public Works Department of the Ministry of Development as the Sultanate’s representatives to CCOP for their support and assistance during the application of the research grant.

Siti Lieyana also thanked the Agriculture and Agrifood Department of the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, Acting Director of the Agriculture and Agrifood Department Hajah Masliana Yuliah binti Abdullah, and Head of the Irrigation and Drainage Unit Mohammad Faizan bin Ibrahim for their support and valuable discussions during the preparations for the research proposal.

Siti Lieyana binti Mohd Azffri attends the virtual event