Bright Agricultural Minds win Prestigious Awards
|Top: Winner of the Bell Medal, Chelsea Stroppiana pictured with Head of School, Professor Neal Menzies. Below: Winner of the Bryan medal, Tracey Fischer pictured with Dr Peter Allsopp, President of the Qld Division Ag Institute Australia.|
Two of The University of Queensland’s (UQ’s) brightest agricultural minds have been awarded the prestigious Bell and Bryan medals for 2015.
The medals, presented by The Ag Institute Australia and the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, commemorate two of Queensland’s most influential agricultural figures Dr W. W. Bryan and Arthur F. Bell.
The Bell Medal is awarded for the best final year project undertaken in the fourth year of a 4 year Undergraduate degree at UQ and the Bryan Medal is for the best research project from a Postgraduate Honours or Coursework Master’s program. Bell Medal Winner: Chelsea Stroppiana - Nitrification inhibition by root exudates from Sorghum and Australian native species as assessed by standard potential tests
Bell Memorial Medal
Winner - Chelsea Stroppiana Project: Nitrification inhibition by root exudates from Sorghum and Australian native species as assessed by standard potential tests
Runner up - Federico Cichelli Project: Overhead irrigation of saline-sodic and alkaline water: Examination of the potential deleterious effects on foliage of Rhodes grass and leucaena
Bryan Memorial Medal
Winner - Tracey Fischer Project: Maternal transfer of vitamin K to the foetus and neonatal foal.
Runner up - Norhasyimah Mohd Zuki Project: Development of Native Fungi as Bioherbicides for Lantana Camara In Queensland, Australia
The diversity of projects awarded in previous years and again in 2015 highlights the vast potential of work being conducted by these students for the benefit of agricultural and associated industries. Students have shown exceptional quality and insight through their research which has significant potential to benefit the agricultural industries and the environment.
Projets are based on the quality of written theses submitted by the students and an oral presentation made by them to a special meeting of the Institute branches. Winners also receive a $1000 cash prize.
Maria Vasas Scholarship
Congratulations to Tracey Fischer for also receiving the Maria Vasas Scholarship. This scholarship is to support students enrolled in the Bachelor of Equine Science (Honours) program Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) program in the field of equine scienc. The scholarship was established in 2013 and is maintained by philanthropic gifts from the Maria Vasas Foundation, to recognise the life and passions of Maria Vasas.
Tracey completed her Undergraduate degree at The University of Adelaide and chose to do honours at UQ after doing some Equine courses offered externally.