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Welcome to our 2018 student interns

The Graham Centre student internship program has kicked off for 2018 with the aim of providing five Charles Sturt University (CSU) undergraduate students with an insight into our research to improve the sustainability, productivity and profitability of grain and red meat industries.

Bachelor of Veterinary Science student Mr Harry Roach, Bachelor of Agricultural Science student Mr Nathan Hatty, Bachelor of Medical Science student Mr Quincy Zhang,  Bachelor of Animal Science student Ms Madison Brady and Bachelor of Veterinary Science student Ms Michelle ByeBachelor of Veterinary Science student Mr Harry Roach, Bachelor of Agricultural Science student Mr Nathan Hatty, Bachelor of Medical Science student Mr Quincy Zhang,  Bachelor of Animal Science student Ms Madison Brady and Bachelor of Veterinary Science student Ms Michelle Bye will spend the next eight months working with our scientists to gain some hands-on research experience.

The internship program provides a chance for undergraduate students to develop their research skills and gain a deeper understanding of the Centre’s work and the opportunities for them to undertake a career in agricultural research in the future. Read more about the student internships here.

the delegation with Graham Centre members Dr Jason Condon and Professor John MawsonVietnamese delegation takes in Riverina agriculture

Riverina agricultural production, research and innovation was highlighted when members of the Vietnam-Australia Agricultural Forum (VAAF) visited the Graham Centre in May.

Vietnam is Australia's seventh largest market for agriculture, fisheries and forestry exports, valued at $2.18 billion in 2016-17. The Forum aims to strengthen the bilateral agricultural relationship between the two nations.

During a field visit hosted by the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, the Vietnamese delegates gained an insight into our research.

While in Wagga Wagga, the delegation also toured the CSU farm and spent the morning at the sheep sale at the Livestock Marketing Centre.

Building statistics skills

Researchers sometimes feel like they’re drowning in data but a workshop in April gave some Graham Centre members some help in ’crunching the numbers’.

The two-day workshop by Graham Centre Member Dr David Luckett introduced the 45 participants to the statistical software ‘R’.

The package is a free to use, powerful and highly extensible data analysis tool with a strong support network.

Supported by members of “cRow” (a wagga-based `R` users group), the workshop detailed many elements of agricultural research and at the completion of the workshop attendees had the skill to interpret, analyse and visualise their own data.

“cRow” is a Wagga-based `R` users group that holds a monthly meeting at CSU that focus on discussion, troubleshooting and `R` tutorials.

For more information check out the Quantitative Consulting Unit (QCU) which is part of the part of the CSU Research Office and provides statistical support to research students and staff across the University.

Contact: T: 02 6933 2223 E: qcu@csu.edu.au

 

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