Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research
28 February 2002
Seventeen botany and plant ecology students will today graduate from one of Australias top botanical research programs, based in Canberra.
Now in its tenth year, the 2002 Student Botanical Internship Program gives students significant scientific work experience at the Australian National Herbarium (ANH) part of the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research (CPBR), one of Australias most important environmental research facilities.
The two-month program mixes theory with practice. Students learn practical techniques in botany and conservation management and also receive lectures and seminars from leading research scientists and conservation managers.
Todays graduates assisted with the Australian Virtual Herbarium Project, a joint partnership between the CPBR and the seven Australian State herbaria which aims to have all six million Australasian herbarium specimens in an Internet database by 2006.
The Student Botanical Internship Program is a full-time, volunteer program. Since its 1993 start up of eight students, 156 interns have passed through the program, representing 29 tertiary institutions and four botanical institutions.
Interest is not limited to Australian students this year, for the third year in a row, a student from the United States has joined the program.
Erin Kimball, from Boston University, says the Program has been challenging, yet essential for her to be better prepared for working in science.
"Not only have I broadened my understanding of plants, Ive also gained a better knowledge of the opportunities out there in the field of botany. The Program has taught me about work in various fields in research, or in industry. We were given the opportunity to work in so many different areas!"
Erin says while most of the Interns work concentrated on the curation of the Australian National Herbariums collections, there was also the opportunity to assist researchers, and branch into scientific communication roles.
For further information:
Anthony Whalen, Program Co-ordinator
mobile: 0412 697 368,
office: 02 6246 5175