HCI PhD candidate, Senuri Wijenayake, has been awarded a 2021 Diane Lemaire Scholarship, to support her doctoral studies. Senuri is in the third year of her PhD candidature, working towards completion of her thesis with supervisors Dr Jorge Concalves and Prof Vassilis Kostakos. Previously, Senuri received her Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Information Technology from the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka.
The Diane Lemaire Scholarship is awarded annually to support projects or proposals that enhance the PhD and research outcomes of female students in the Faculty of Engineering and Iinformation Technology at the University of Melbourne. As a recipient of this award, Senuri will continue to develop her thesis: designing online group platforms that account for positive and negative implications of socio-psychological influences such as social conformity, to promote healthy societal interactions.
Senuri is interested in pursuing research that seeks to understand how people interact with computer systems, in relation to HCI theory. In addition to research, Senuri is passionate about teaching and mentoring new PhD students. She also conducts seminars to raise awareness on higher education opportunities, internationally.
We congratulate Senuri on this outstanding achievement.
More information on the Diane Lemaire Scholarship.