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Industry placement at international Dow AgroSciences research station delivers career insights for future Australian scientist

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article image A week-long professional placement at the global Dow AgroSciences Research Station in New Zealand has helped young Australian, Brydie Creagh, focus her career options

Future scientist Brydie Creagh recently completed a week-long industry placement at Dow AgroSciences’ world renowned Waireka Global Discovery Research Station in New Zealand.

Brydie had earlier won a fully funded travel scholarship awarded by Dow AgroSciences, a key sponsor of Australia’s Primary Industry Centre for Science Education (PICSE), which promotes careers in agricultural science to students Australia-wide.

The 17-year-old was selected from more than 100 Australian high school students who received varying scholarships under the 2011 PICSE scholarship program.

The week-long placement experience helped Brydie select biology over chemistry as part of the Bachelor of Science program she is about to begin at the University of Western Australia, where she hopes to move into field work eventually. She has also selected a few marketing subjects to help her pursue a sales-based career if required, in agrosciences.

Speaking of her experience at the research station, Brydie said that she had the opportunity to work alongside local and international researchers such as Dr Courtney Gallup, a Dow AgroSciences plant pathologist from the United States, which really helped her to focus her future career goals.

She undertook both field study and lab investigations into the next generation of chemicals for plant protection being developed by Dow AgroSciences for cereal growers and fruit and vegetable producers worldwide. The field work helped her discover a preference for working outside instead of in the lab.

PICSE Science Education Officer, Belinda Pope comments that Brydie was selected for the placement due to her passion and commitment to agricultural science, which she hopes will bring her in the international limelight in future in her chosen field of agricultural science research.

Dow AgroSciences Field Station Leader, Brian Husband was also impressed by Brydie’s enthusiasm and engagement during her time at Waireka.

Dow AgroSciences Research and Development Leader for Australia and New Zealand, Dr Matt Cahill added that the scholarships offered through the Dow AgroSciences and PICSE partnership illustrate very clearly the benefits of a career in agricultural science.

He explains that emerging issues in food production, climate change and sustainability will be solved by the future generation of scientists such as Brydie, who can be exposed to the various career options in agriculture through industry placements.

Dr Cahill adds that the partnership between Dow AgroSciences and PICSE will generate benefits for farmers and consumers everywhere who will be the recipients of the current and future scientific research into improved agricultural production.

Dow AgroSciences Australia  specialises in the supply of insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and speciality chemicals for the agricultural industry.

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