A CHARLES Sturt University student is being recognised for her contribution to agriculture as part of the Australia Day honours.
Lucy Watt, who studies in Wagga, will be presented with her award by the National Council of Women of NSW.
The award was sponsored by the Country Women’s Association, Sydney branch, to help further her postgraduate studies. Originally from Cumnock she completed a Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours) at CSU before undertaking her PhD.
“I came from a small country town and became interested in pursuing a career in science at high school,” Miss Watt said.
“Although both agriculture and science are traditionally male dominated, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. “I’d strongly encourage other young women to consider a career in this field.”
Head of the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at CSU in Wagga, Professor Glenn Edwards said she was a remarkable young woman who was dedicated to rural Australia. “She is an outstanding scholar and an active contributor to many aspects of university life,” he said.
“Lucy has shown great aptitude and enthusiasm for livestock research with a clear understanding of the importance of sound research to the development of Australia’s livestock industries.” During her PhD through CSU’s School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences and the Graham Centre, she has investigated livestock (sheep) production on new varieties of annual legume pastures both as grazed pastures and conserved forages.
“I’m passionate about what I do and hope that my research will contribute to greater profitability in the livestock industry,” she said. “I love science and I think that women have a huge amount that they can contribute to the agricultural sector.
“I hope to continue a career in agricultural research and development and one day take on an educational role to encourage other young women and men to pursue a research career as well.” She will receive her award at the National Council of Women of NSW luncheon, on Friday at NSW Parliament House in Sydney.