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Dow AgroSciences takes part in (PICSE) scholarship for students seeking careers on the land

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High School student James Stewart is ushering in the new year with a state-of-the-art agricultural scholarship that showcases the practical application of scientific innovations for Australian farmers.

James, 16, is one of 22 students who won a Primary Industry Centre for Science Education (PICSE) scholarship at the University of New England (UNE). Twenty of the successful students are from New South Wales, one is from Queensland and another from South Australia. PICSE is a national scholarship programme with centres around Australia, which also offers travelling scholarships.

In the first week (January 3-7) of James’ scholarship, he will be hands-on at the Dow AgroSciences Field Station in Breeza, New South Wales, researching broadacre crop spray applications under the mentorship of Dow AgroSciences’ Development Biologist, 30-year-old Nick Willey.

In the second week James will attend a science camp at the UNE in Armidale and will be joined by the 21 other scholarship winners. The group will learn about cutting-edge agricultural developments and meet with Dow AgroSciences Australia Territory Manager for Wagga Wagga, 26-year-old Brad Davis, to talk about interesting science career opportunities.

James is looking forward to the program with enthusiasm. “It will be a great experience. I want to get out on the research farm to see how it works and how Dow AgroSciences conduct their research. I want to see what industry has to offer job-wise and to get a broad perspective about science-based agricultural work that I can do in future,” he said.

James will complete Year 12 this year and has a special interest in physics and engineering. He expects his scholarship experience will broaden his knowledge about the field of science. “I am looking forward to understanding more about how science affects the technology we use every day,” he said.

At Dow AgroSciences’ Breeza Research Station James will assist with early stage research and development trials.

“We liaise closely with farmers and agronomists to develop products that address their needs,” mentor Nick Willey said. “The project James will work on is focused on particularly hardy weeds or weeds that newly colonise a cropping area.

“The trials will give us a better understanding of the effectiveness of different products for controlling key weeds in a range of summer crops including cotton, soybeans, mungbeans, sorghum and sunflowers, focusing on cost effectiveness and ease of use.”

The UNE PICSE science camp will cover topics ranging from genetic improvements in the beef and pig industries and crop rotation systems to PhD pathways and university scholarships. It will also feature a presentation on Dow AgroSciences career opportunities from Dow AgroSciences’s Brad Davis.

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