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APSS Award Goes to Massey University Postgrad

by 5m Editor
27 February 2009, at 9:53am

AUSTRALIA - Reza Abdollahi, a young Iranian studying at Massey University in New Zealand won Poultry CRC Postgrad Presentation Award at the Australian Poultry Science Symposium (APSS) in February. On the same day, his wife was awarded her PhD thesis in Iran, the first female PhD graduate in poultry nutrition in that country.

A young Iranian postgraduate student studying at New Zealand's Massey University has won the Poultry CRC Postgraduate Presentation Award at the Australian Poultry Science Symposium in Sydney earlier this month. What is remarkable about Reza Abdollahi's achievement is that it was only the second time he had presented in English.


Poultry CRC CEO, Professor Mingan Choct presenting Reza Abdollahi with the Poultry CRC Postgraduate Presentation Award at APSS in Sydney in February 2009.
Photo: Pete Bedwell, Poultry Digest

Reza's presentation, 'Influence of pelleting temperature on the performance and nutrient utilisation of broiler starters', earned him a $500 prize from the Poultry CRC.

"Before this conference," said Reza, "the 11th February was just another day for me but now it is one of those days I will never forget."

"Not only was I awarded the best postgrad student presentation... a big surprise for me on my first visit to Australia, it was only my second presentation in English and the first one outside New Zealand, as all of my presentations in my country were in Farsi [Iran's official language]."

"But what makes this day more special for me is that my wife, Faegheh Zaefarian, was awarded her PhD thesis on the same day in Iran. She was the first female PhD student and also the first female PhD graduate in the poultry nutrition field in Iran. Hopefully, she is going to join me here in NZ on the 28 February."

And it doesn't end there. The 11th of February is also Reza's supervisor's (Professor Ravi Ravindran) birthday.

"I have always been proud of being his student and he is the person who provided me the opportunity to come to Australia. I think now you'll agree that I should not forget this day."

"The prize does not only belong to me. It belongs to all the people who have been helping me since I started my study at Massey University, especially my supervisors and my friends at the Massey University poultry research unit. We are going to have a barbecue and maybe Iranian kebabs at the poultry unit next week."

"I am going to give all the money to my wife when she gets to New Zealand and tell her to buy for herself whatever she likes as her graduation gift. But I am pretty sure she will spend most of the money to buy stuff for me, not for herself. Good trick!"

The CRC wishes Reza all the best for the future and no doubt we'll be seeing more from this talented young scientist in the years to come.