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Summer science at the Gardens – Jim Willis Studentships

The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is inviting applications from third and fourth year science degree students for the 2013–14 Jim Willis Studentship program.

Applications close on Friday 11 October and the successful candidates will work on current research programs at the National Herbarium of Victoria.

Based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Herbarium is one of the state’s oldest scientific institutions and is committed to fostering the next generation of plant scientists.

The placements run for eight weeks between December 2013 and February 2014, and students will be supervised by current research staff, with the opportunity to participate in and contribute to current programs which cover a range of research into seed biology, fungi and taxonomy.

The first studentships were offered in 1996–97 and were established to honour the late Dr James Hamlyn Willis, a former distinguished senior member of the National Herbarium of Victoria. A professional botanist for 60 years, Dr Willis worked at the Herbarium for many years before retiring in 1972 and wrote the definitive reference text on Victorian flora, Handbook of Plants in Victoria, in which he described more than 3,000 species in two volumes (published in 1962 and 1972 respectively).

Full details on the application process and current research projects are available online at Jim Willis Studentships