The inaugural award of the scholarship, in memory of Val Williams, has been made. The recipient is Liza Xian, a BSc Honours student at the University of Western Sydney. She was one of four applicants, two studying for first degree Honours and two for Doctorate degrees. All applications were of high merit and the selection committee, Alex Roberson, Pat Pike and Alec Fisher, decided - after individual consideration and a round-table discussion - on Liza.
Her thesis work concerns the restoration of the native grasses of a local area, with a project entitled Response of native and exotic grasses of Cumberland Plain Woodland to a nitrogen gradient. The scholarship grant of $2000 will fund the necessary soil testing, along with a similar grant from the University. We look forward to hearing from Liza about the completed project at a future Group meeting.
The awarding of the scholarship is the culmination of a number of years efforts and unsuccessful beginnings by Fred Langshaw and, latterly, by Tony Evans – they are to be congratulated on this successful outcome which bodes well for the future if the scholarship.