The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC) has a long history of teaching, both in an academic university environment, and at the secondary school level for regional youth interested in the environment and freshwater ecology.
The MDFRC Wodonga Laboratory has hosted the Rotary Murray-Darling School of Freshwater Research (RMDSFR) annually, attracting students from secondary schools in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the ACT. The RMDSFR enables students who live in and around the Murray-Darling Basin to experience activities that are inherent in the fields of freshwater research, conservation and the environment. Approximately 530 students have participated in the School since 1996.
The program makes use of the facilities at Wonga Wetlands, where students carry out research projects alongside scientists to get an idea of what a career in science involves.
As the following video shows, the RMDSFR can be a life-changing experience for secondary students, with many participants going on to forge a successful career in research and conservation.
More information about the Rotary Murray-Darling School of Freshwater Research can be found here.
In addition, MDFRC supports a number of summer cadetships for tertiary students. Each summer several students from La Trobe University spend 8-10 weeks working with staff from the MDFRC during the summer holiday period (December to February). The cadetship is available to undergraduate students who are about to complete their second year and are interested in pursuing a career in aquatic ecology.
More information about the cadetship program can be found here.