After a successful inaugural launch in 2018, and two rounds of scholarships later, applications for the 2020 Gary Sansom Scholarship are now open.
The Gary Sansom Scholarship identifies high quality students and, with the support of a generous bursary, allows one successful candidate to foster a career pathway in the chicken meat industry and support their industry-relevant research.
The Scholarship is named in honour of the late Gary Sansom. Mr Sansom was a former AgriFutures™ Chicken Meat Advisory Panel Chair and was the Australian Chicken Meat Federation President.
AgriFutures Australia Manager, Research, Georgie Townsend said the Scholarship supports Mr Sansom’s vision for the industry – to ensure it is valued and respected by all sectors of the Australian community.
“It’s important that the Scholarship is awarded to someone who is passionate about the chicken meat industry and wants the industry to thrive into the future,” said Ms Townsend.
University of Adelaide PhD student Joshua Angove was the recipient of last year’s 2019 Gary Sansom Scholarship.
His research project aims to understand whether optimising breeder hen rearing environments can improve growth and carcass characteristics in the progeny they produce, whilst trying to understand the contributing physiology behind offspring performance variation.
“Chicken meat production has experienced un-paralleled expansion globally, primarily through genetic advances and improvements in our understanding of bird nutritional requirements. To continue this expansion the chicken meat industry requires new economically viable approaches to propel the industry into the future. Understanding and optimising the maternal environment is one potential approach.