Developing “the next generation” of professionals is perhaps one of the most important duties of skilled workers in any discipline. Te Papa’s Botany staff are involved in co-supervising postgraduate university students in systematics. We are currently calling for applications for the Te Papa MSc Scholarship in Molecular Systematics for 2010.
Te Papa is offering this scholarship in collaboration with the School of Biological Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington. The purpose of the award is to promote research, collaboration, and mentoring between Te Papa and Victoria University in the area of molecular systematics—the scientific study of the diversity and evolutionary relationships of living organisms, based on genetic (DNA) evidence—and taxonomy (naming and classification).
Potential projects for 2010-2011 include investigation of species boundaries amongst Gleichenia ferns, phylogeography and/or hybridisation in Asplenium ferns, species relationships amongst Myosotis forget-me-nots, or another topic to be determined.
If you know of any keen students who may be interested, please spread the word–the deadline for applications for is 1 November 2009!
Edit – 1 December 2009 – Link to the description of the scholarship removed, as it is no longer available