There’s nothing like hands-on experience to provide insight into the life of an agricultural researcher and for six Charles Sturt University students a Graham Centre internship is providing just that.
Our new interns, Patrick Anderson, Iqra Kahn, Lily Tenhave, lena Schwarz, Ryan Malone and Jack Maloney have recently begun the eight-month program.
They’ll be mentored by Graham Centre scientists and the aim is to help them develop practical research skills and raise awareness of our research pathways and the potential Honours and post graduate projects.
It’s part of our commitment to train graduates to increase the capacity of grain and red meat industries to innovate.
Over the past ten years the Graham Centre has supported more than 40 student interns, with many subsequently undertaking Honours and postgraduate research.
The impact of research by the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation for farmers and the wider community is demonstrated in a new Australian Government report.
Two Charles Sturt University projects undertaken through the Graham Centre are listed in the top 250 impact case studies in the Engagement and Impact Assessment 2018–19 National Report prepared by the Australian Research Council.
Graham Centre research as part of the national EverGraze project showed it was possible to significantly increase the profitability of livestock enterprises while reducing ground water recharge and soil loss, by better matching pastures to the environment and farming systems.
Professor Geoff Gurr’s research has examined ecological tactics to reduce losses in a variety of crops from rice, to cotton and pine plantations.
The Graham Centre has also contributed to Charles Sturt's at world standard or above (ERA ranking 3 or above) in Veterinary Sciences (ERA 4); Animal Production (ERA 3); and Crop and Pasture Production (ERA 3); in the Australian Research Council's (ARC) Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 outcomes.