Students don’t let the grass grow under their feet

Published 28 January 2014

GRASS StudentsThe summer holidays have been a busy time for the year 11 and 12 students who received scholarships from the University of New England as part of the Growing Regional and Agricultural Students in Science (GRASS) Program.

The twelve students are part of the Industry Placement Scholarship Program, which is designed to give students an insight into the broad range of exciting science-based careers that exist supporting the primary industries.

The scholarships included an all-expenses paid student camp last year at UNE and will soon be attending a five-day industry placement experience.

Next month, each student will make a presentation about their scholarship experience to UNE Vice-Chancellor Professor Jim Barber during the ‘UNE GRASS Student Reporting Session’. The students will also take home a scholarship payment of $300 to contribute towards their further studies.

The camp in October last year allowed the scholarship recipients to engage in activities at UNE, and to interact with lecturers and post-graduate students. In addition students visited research organisations and primary industry businesses during the week to learn about current research being conducted and experience facilities available to researchers and industry at the cutting edge of science.

Susanna Greig from UNE’s School of Environmental and Rural Science says the Industry Placement will give students the chance to work with a research scientist or leading industry in the primary industry sector, aiding in current research work or the business-side of their mentors’ workplace.

“This is a great opportunity for students to gain a deeper knowledge of what is involved in working in a field that takes their interest, and to develop some new skills in the field or in the laboratory.”

Six of the scholarship students are being hosted at UNE by the School of Environmental and Rural Science at the Animal Genetics & Breeding Unit. The other six students are being hosted around the region by the Tomato Exchange in Guyra, Pathway AgServices in Gunnedah, Sunhill Goats Skin Products in Uralla, and in Tamworth enterprises, EastWest EnviroAg and Integrated Animal Production.

For further information regarding the UNE GRASS Industry Placement scholarship program or the UNE GRASS Student Reporting Back Session, please contact Susanna Greig 67732809 – 0457562680 – susanna.greig@une.edu.au