SOwFI Conference wrap up

23 November 2011

Over 3 days in early November, students undertaking a 4-year degree program with the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources extended their learning experiences by presenting their research project findings at the Faculty's 4th year student conference - Stepping Out with Fresh Ideas (SOwFI).The research projects covered a broad range of agricultural, economic and environmental topics, and complemented the Faculty's continued commitment to one of Australia's largest industries, as well as the Faculty's teaching and research portfolio which focuses on nationally and globally critical issues of food security, resource management and a sustainable environment.

The Conference extended the student experience from the research project to both oral presentations and poster sessions. Partnered with Faculty supervisors, each student undertook their research by tapping into the many skills developed throughout the course of their candidature. The research projects form part of the Faculty's embedded honours year, and the students were assessed at the Conference on their oral and poster presentations.

Several students were recognised for their achievements and awarded accordingly. The Best Oral Presentation (Agricultural Sciences) was awarded to Philip Hughes (Bachelor of Land and Water Science), with commendations presented to Sebastian Campbell (Bachelor of Horticultural Science) and Benjamin Smider (also the Bachelor of Horticultural Science). The Best Oral Presentation Award for the Agricultural and Resource Economics students was presented to Lisa Olsson (Bachelor of Resource Economics) with commendations awarded to Tim Phelps (Bachelor of Agricultural Economics) and Jeremy Keating (also the Bachelor of Agricultural Economics). The Poster Award winners included Sebastian Campbell (Bachelor of Horticultural Science) for the Best Poster (Agricultural Sciences), with Briony Young (Bachelor of Science in Agriculture), Wilson Liaw (Bachelor of Science in Agriculture) and Ashley Zamek (also the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture) each receiving a commendation award. Among the Agricultural and Resource Economics students, Georgina Snelling (Bachelor of Resource Economics) was awarded the Best Poster Presentation with commendations going to Lisa Olsson (Bachelor of Resource Economics) and Laura Rumph (Bachelor of Agricultural Economics). In addition, Benjamin Smider (Bachelor of Horticultural Science) took home the 'People's Choice Award' for the best Poster Presentation, which was awarded by Bob Fozzard of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.

The SOwFI conference initiated by the Faculty in 2008, forms part of the Faculty's commitment to research-enhanced learning and teaching.

Contact: Professor Jeff Amthor

Phone: 02 8627 1050

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