Young Scientist Awards

April 13 / 108

PhD student Nimesha Fernando
PhD student Nimesha Fernando

PhD student Nimesha Fernando, from the Melbourne School of Land and Environment, is the Asia-Pacific Region Graduate Winner of the Alltech Young Scientist Awards 2013.

Ms Fernando has received a $2000 prize (USD) and medal and will travel to Kentucky in May to compete for the Global Graduate title at the Alltech Head Quarters in Lexington.

The Alltech Young Scientist Award brings together the world’s brightest scientific thinkers from colleges and universities across the globe.

To compete for the top prizes, undergraduate and graduate students submit a scientific paper on an agriculture topic such as veterinary science, animal nutrition, feeding technology, agricultural management or agricultural economics.

Students can also write about environmental trends and how the agricultural industry can best use marketing practices.

Ms Fernando entered her research paper on wheat grain protein quality into the awards in December 2012.

The paper was called ‘Free air CO2 enrichment altered wheat grain protein quality and rheological characteristics:  A comparative proteomic analysis by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ ionisation-time of flight mass spectrometry’.

It is currently under review in the Journal of Proteomics.

Ms Fernando said she was ‘on the moon’ for a couple of hours when she found out she had won.

“I was so excited, I could not stop my tears remembering how much hard work I put into the paper,” she said.

“The recognition of my work has really encouraged me to continue my career in the research field.”

Ms Fernando said she was very excited to be presenting at Alltech’s head quarters in Lexington, Kentucky in May and was looking forward to meeting her peers.

"I would  also like to acknowledge my supervisors Dr Saman Seneweera, A/Prof Michael Tausz, Dr Joe Panozzo and Dr Robert Norton for their immense support towards my success,” she said.

The winners of the undergraduate and graduate Alltech Young Scientist will receive a scholarship of $5,000 and $10,000 respectively, as well as a trophy of recognition.

 

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