PICSE scholarship holders tell of “empowering experience”

Published 05 August 2010

picse_conferenceCarissa Green and Amanda Jamison represented the University of New England and the Primary Industry Centre for Science Education (PICSE) and joined other students from all states of Australia at a recent PICSE Forum and Workshop in Canberra titled “Participation and Partnership to provide a Supply Chain”.

At the event, the students outlined to industry leaders their PICSE Industry Placement Scholarship and how this scholarship had impacted on their career planning.

PISCE is a national strategy of collaboration between universities, their regional communities and local primary industries to attract students into tertiary science and increase the number of skilled professionals in agribusiness and research institutions. PICSE is the national infrastructure for a supply chain that provides the next generation of researchers and industry scientists.

The NSW PICSE Activity Centre was set up at UNE in 2007 and has since evolved into a highly functional centre running programs for students in Years 7-10 and offering endorsed Teacher Professional Development events and resources.

Carissa Green, a Bachelor of Agriculture student at UNE, said: “The PICSE Industry Placement program was a major help to me as it reinforced my passion for agriculture. I love telling other students about this program as it is a major step forward for the agricultural and science sector.”

Carissa was among the first group of 11 selected students completing the PICSE Industry Placement Scholarship in 2008.

Amanda Jamison said the PICSE experience “really opened my eyes to the vast range of prospects in science and the talks from the university body allowed me to see the paths I could pursue to enable me to accomplish these.”

Amanda completed the scholarship earlier this year. She is now completing her Year 12 studies at Calrossy Anglican School and is planning to enrol in a Bachelor of Agriculture at UNE in 2011.

Susanna Greig,  Science Educational Officer for the NSW Activity Centre for the PICSE program based at UNE, said: “The students comments highlighted the value and obvious need for the PICSE Industry Placement Scholarship experience to develop students understanding of the broad range of exciting career opportunities in agricultural science and the tertiary pathways to these careers.”

Currently PICSE is funded by the Federal Government’s Diversity and Structural Adjustment Fund, University of Tasmania, University of Western Australia, University of New England, University of Southern Queensland, University of the Sunshine Coast, Flinders University and the Grains RDC, Cotton RDC, Fisheries RDC, Dairy Australia, Horticulture Australia Ltd, Cotton CRC, Murray Darling Basin Authority, Dow AgroSciences and the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training.

Media contact: Susanna Greig on (02) 6773 2809, 0457 562 680 or email susanna.greig@une.edu.au.