Taking part in a Graham Centre internship program has given veterinary science student Michelle Bye practical field and laboratory skills, and new insight into research.
The program aims to encourage undergraduate students to engage in our research activities and learn more about the types of projects and potential supervisors available through the Centre.
Ms Bye was one of five students undertaking the program in 2018.
“One of the most interesting experiences during my internship has been working closely with staff on a current project involving industry-level Foot and Mouth Disease preparedness,” Ms Bye said.
“This ‘behind the scenes’ look into how research projects are actually conducted on a practical level has been invaluable and is something I would not have gained through my course work.
“I have gained a lot of hands-on experience working with sheep and also a lot of laboratory experience-very relevant to me as my Honours project is in this area.”
Ms Bye is now undertaking her Honours research and hopes to gain experience in clinical practice before one day specialising or pursuing research in a PhD.
“I'm very grateful to the Graham Centre for offering such a unique opportunity for undergraduates.
“I think veterinary students are sometimes so focused on getting out to practice the opportunities for a research career can be overlooked.”
Applications for the 2019 Graham Centre student internship program are open until Thursday 28 February and more information is available here. www.csu.edu.au/research/grahamcentre/internal-grants/student-internship