A new appreciation of how research in the field is applied in the laboratory is how Charles Sturt University (CSU) student Mr Gabe Brown sums up his recent internship with the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation.
A Bachelor of Agricultural Science student, Mr Brown was one of four CSU students to be awarded a Centre student internship in 2017.
"I was interested in research and had been involved in field work before," Mr Brown said. "The internship provided an opportunity to spend some more time in the laboratory to develop new skills."
He worked with researchers from the Centre's plant systems research pathway on everything from bioassay experiments to metabolomics and trial work.
"It was valuable to see how the findings of field work are applied in the laboratory and vice versa," Mr Brown said.
"I also appreciated the opportunity to talk with scientists from various disciplines who are all at different stages of their career, to gain an insight into what's involved if you head down the research path."
The introduction to the Graham Centre student internship program came from Dr William Brown who teaches agronomy in the School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences.
"It was great to be able to be a mentor for Gabe in this program to ensure he was able to undertake a wide range of scientific and research experiences," Dr Brown said.
CSU students can now apply for a 2018 Graham Centre student internship or summer scholarship.
The aim of these student grants is to encourage undergraduate students to enage in the Centre's research to improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of grain and red meat industries.