[ASC-media] CSIRO: 'Hot science' for top students on summer break

Rebecca.Eveleigh at csiro.au Rebecca.Eveleigh at csiro.au
Wed Dec 5 02:08:08 CET 2007

5 December 2007 

Ref 07/ 243

'Hot science' for top students on summer break

Blood sucking march flies and what makes a cherry red are among the
topics some of Australia's top university science students will be
investigating over their summer break as participants in the CSIRO 2007
Summer Studentship Program.

Starting this week, 23 students from universities around Australia will
spend the next 10 weeks at CSIRO sites working on their own science

Located at CSIRO Plant Industry facilities in Adelaide, Brisbane,
Canberra, Merbein, Narrabri and Perth - and at CSIRO Entomology in
Canberra - the students will work as members of CSIRO research teams,
under the guidance of leading scientists.

"The Summer Studentship Program aims to provide outstanding
undergraduate students with an opportunity to experience scientific
research first-hand and to encourage them to consider a career in
science," says CSIRO Plant Industry Chief, Dr Jeremy Burdon.

"The students investigate projects designed to complement current
scientific research, so their efforts contribute to Australia's
scientific achievements.

"The Program also allows our scientists to interact with enthusiastic
young minds with a keen interest in science," Dr Burdon says.

This year, students will be working on nematodes and blood sucking march
flies, at Entomology, while their colleagues at Plant Industry will be
busy with projects including:

* investigating cereal development and health
* assessing cotton growth in hostile soils
* understanding fungal diseases afflicting canola crops
* learning about root growth in lupins
* studying what makes a cherry red.

At the end of the Program, students convene in Canberra to present their
research outcomes in the Summer Student Symposium in February 2008.

The CSIRO Plant Industry and Entomology Summer Studentship Program is
supported by the Australian Pastoral Research Trust and the Grains
Research and Development Corporation.

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Further Information: 

Jeremy Burdon, CSIRO Plant Industry
(02)62465546 jeremy.burdon at csiro.au

Jean Finnegan, CSIRO Plant Industry
(02)62465307 jean.finnegan at csiro.au

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Media Assistance:

Ilaria Catizone, CSIRO Plant Industry

(02)62465485, 0417654633, ilaria.catizone at csiro.au


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