Grace Boxshall, 2017 Muriel Ramm Science Bursary awardee

Master of Science (BioSciences) student Grace Boxshall was the 2017 recipient of the Muriel Ramm Science Bursary, which is helping support her living costs during her research project on variable toxicity in species of Agaricus mushroom.

For her masters research, Grace is using chemical analysis, field observations and genetic sequence data to determine whether this variation in mushroom toxicity is related to habitat, developmental stage, or undiscovered look-alike species. She also plans to produce a phylogeny of Agaricus mushrooms to infer their evolutionary history in Australia.

“Receiving the Muriel Ramm Science Bursary has meant an incredible amount to me,” Grace said.

“Receiving the bursary hasn’t just freed me from some of the pressure of juggling two long-term medical conditions, study, income, and bills. It has also given me an incredible moment of perspective and recognition during one of the most challenging periods in my life so far.

“For this, I’m exceptionally grateful.”

Grace Boxshall (left) with previous Muriel Ramm Science Bursary awardees Ashwani Kumar and Bethany Finger, and Sue Ramm-Anderson, daughter of Muriel and Colin Ramm.

The Muriel Ramm Science Bursary supports academic potential in a student entering a research pathway degree in the Faculty of Science. It provides almost $7,000 to a candidate judged most likely to benefit academically from it, taking into account financial need or hardship as well as academic potential.

Established in 1998 by former Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor Emeritus Colin Ramm, and his family, the award acknowledges his late wife Muriel's encouragement of educational opportunity.

Applications for the 2018 Muriel Ramm Science Bursary close 4 March 2018. Both domestic and international students are eligible. Apply here.

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