Meadow Mushrooms sponsors 21 PhD scholarships

14 March 2012

A Meadow Mushrooms sponsorship agreement between the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University for postgraduate scholarships in Environmental Science has been formally signed on campus.

Meadow Mushrooms sponsors 21 PhD scholarships

Pictured above from left - University of Canterbury Foundation Chair Barry Ramsay, Meadow Mushrooms CEO John Barnes, UC students Denjam Khadka, Pei Sin Tong, Alex Waters, Meadow Mushrooms Chairman Philip Burdon, UC Chancellor John Wood, Meadow Mushrooms Human Resources Business Partner Sue Steel and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Ian Town.

A Meadow Mushrooms sponsorship agreement between the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University for postgraduate scholarships in Environmental Science has been formally signed on campus.

Meadow Mushrooms Chairman Philip Burdon says he was delighted to sponsor 15 PhD scholarships at UC and six at Lincoln Univeristy over the next three years and to support scientific research and development.

“The agribusiness sector depends on environmental science and research. Ours is a science-based, significant global industry and when you are dealing with organisms, the degree of detail and precision is incredibly important. The capacity to integrate business and commerce is important and an integral part of an ongoing collegial relationship,” he says.

Mr Burdon says that as one of the largest private employers in Christchurch, it’s important to develop relationships with the two universities.

The scholarships complement the ongoing business expansion of Meadow Mushrooms, which includes the growth of their expertise base with a particular emphasis on postgraduate sciences, Mr Burdon added.

Students and staff from the environmental science faculties at both universities were present for the recent signing of the agreements and were able to meet the Meadow Mushrooms representatives and discuss their research.

Mr Burdon says he was looking forward to an interesting and constructive relationship with both universities and will follow the student’s careers with interest.

PhD candidate Pei Sin Tong says receiving the scholarship enabled her to advance her knowledge and concentrate on her studies by relieving some of the financial stresses associated with study.

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