Horticulture postgraduates harvest awards


Date: 24/09/2002

A University Medal and three research prizes have University of Western Sydney horticulture students glowing with pride this week.

Bachelor of Horticultural Science (Honours) graduate Megan Szczerbanik has won a UWS Medal for outstanding achievement in her honours year.

Megan is now completing her PhD in Postharvest Horticulture.

Three horticulture postgraduate students have also won research prizes from the University of Western Sydney based on the excellent quality of their postgraduate research presentations.

Richmond resident Peter Malcolm won the prestigious Dean's Prize from the College of Science, Technology and the Environment.

The College Dean, Professor Mick Wilson, praised the students for their continued research success.

"These time-honored prizes celebrate our students' success and recognise the high calibre of their work in their postgraduate degrees," Professor Wilson said.

The Director of the Centre for Horticulture and Plant Sciences (CHAPS), Associate Professor Robert Spooner-Hart presented the Director's Prize to two students, Adrienne Williams from Pennant Hills and Matthew Searson from Neutral Bay.

"Usually we present the prize to only one student, however their research presentations were of such high quality that we decided to award the prize to both Adrienne and Matthew," Professor Spooner-Hart said.

The students' research presentations covered several horticultural aspects including carbon partitioning, selective growth indices, photosynthesis, transpiration, vegetative bud break in peach root stocks and the effect of water limitation on wood density.

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Media contact: Suzie Vlaming, Senior Media Officer, (02) 9678 7429, 0414 308 701, email s.vlaming@uws.edu.au

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