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GradSci NEWS

Hi there,

Spring is in the air! Or at least it was last week… We hope the winter chill leaves soon and makes way for a sunny few months ahead.

Thank you to everyone who took part in Science Festival events last month. We hope you had a great week! Highlights included Tim Flannery’s keynote speech, liquid nitrogen ice cream pop up stall, future of food talk, the maths arcade, and many more! 

Did you attend Science Festival this year? Or didn’t make it along? We’d like your feedback to help make next year’s event even better. Submit your feedback here.

Are you interested in completing an internship over Summer or Semester 1, 2017 for course credit? All the information you’ll need about the Science and Technology Internship Subject SCIE90017 subject is on this website. There’s still time to apply! 

In exciting science updates around the world, Costa Rica has been running on 100% renewable energy for two months straight, a Swedish University has served up the first ever CRISPR-Cas9 modified vegetables, and IBM’s artificial intelligence Watson has created a sci-fi movie trailer about AI (not creepy at all…). Pretty impressive effort, science.

Lots happening in the coming weeks on campus, so read on for events, opportunities and tips specifically for graduate science students.


  • Science in the Media
  • SciComm 101
  • Career Wise
  • Jobs of the Month
  • ​Science Entertainment
  • Featured Scientist
  • Events
  • Opportunities
  • Workshops
  • Services


Science in the Media


Planting the seeds of sovereignty

Two plants that were brought to Australia more than 100 years ago bred together. But instead of creating a new hybrid, one plant has taken over. Find out why in this article.

Hope and grief for our environmental future

Professor Lesley Head, Head of the School of Geography, is tackling our sustainability issues from a different perspective. Find out how in this article.

Putting cells through their paces

In this article, read about the project that could help radically improve how we test whether a new drug will work and in the process save the medical industry hundreds of millions of dollars a year.


Sci-Comm 101

Each newsletter we feature tips from our very own science communication extraordinaire in the School of Biosciences, Dr Jen Martin. Follow Jen on Twitter @scidocmartin or check out her blog, Espresso Science.

SciComm Tip #7 Use a Hook

Start any writing or speaking with a hook: something guaranteed to capture your audience’s attention. Your aim is to write or say something so engaging that people are drawn to listen or read more. It could be a short story, a question or a surprising fact. Think carefully about your audience and what hook will work for them. For a great discussion of hooks using TED talks as examples, have a look here.


Career Wise


Career Wise: Exploring Global Work Opportunities

This session will explore the global job market and provide pointers on how to look for an international career. Suitable for both local and international students considering offshore jobs. Mon 19 Sept, 12:00pm-1:00pm. Register via Careers Online

Career Wise: Understanding What Employers Want

Do you know what employers want? This session will give you insight into the kinds of skills and personal qualities that are in demand. Find out how to develop these skills during your time at University and beyond. Wed 21 Sept, 1:00pm-2:15pm. Register via Careers Online

Career Wise: Professional Development for RHDs (Burnley Campus)

A session overviewing your next steps in preparing for work and making career decisions. Topics include developing professional job applications, preparing for interview and selection processes, and career planning. Open to all RHD students at Burnley. Tues 27 Sept, 12:00pm-1:30pm. Register via Careers Online


Jobs of the Month


Graduate Industry Placement (GIP) Program - Defence Science and Technology Organisation 

What: The GIP program is based around the industry project, with the graduate spending a portion of their time at DST while completing their coursework at university.  

Who: Australian citizens who are interested in providing science and technology expertise and solutions to support Australia's defence and national security needs.

Where: Various locations

Applications close: Fri 23 Sept.

See Careers Online for this job and the list of possible projects.

AMSI Intern Research Internships

What: Two opportunities exist for:

  • Pivot Maritime - PhD or Masters by research student who will develop an e-learning ECDIS equipment familiarisation training package that uses simulation. Applications close: Mon 26 Sept
  • YTEK - PhD or Masters by research student who has capabilities to discover currently available solutions/products similar to ExTrace and identify differences and similarities. Applications close: Tues 27 Sept.

Remuneration: $3,000 per month of the internship

See Careers Online for this job and many others.

Graduate Data Scientist - InfoCentric Pty Ltd

What: InfoCentri are seeking to engage the skills of graduates with specialist knowledge of Information Management, in a Data Analyst role.

Who: A graduate and postgraduate degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems or Statistics/Mathematical Science with knowledge of R, SAS, SPSS.

Where: Various locations

Applications close: Fri 23 Sept.

See Careers Online for this job and many others.


Science Entertainment

National Science Week was celebrated around the country from August 13-21, including on campus through our second annual Science Festival. Don't worry if you missed it though - we've pulled together some of the best options for reading, watching and listening to throughout the whole year. This month, Readings have given us three of the top science books. Enjoy!


The Selfish Gene
By Richard Dawkins

In his internationally bestselling, now classic volume, The Selfish Gene, Dawkins explains how the selfish gene can also be a subtle gene. The world of the selfish gene revolves around savage competition, ruthless exploitation, and deceit, and yet, Dawkins argues, acts of apparent altruism do exist in nature.

The Brain That Changes Itself 
By Norman Doidge

Meet the ninety year old doctor, who, with the aid of a few simple exercises, is still practising medicine. His is just one of the incredible stories brain expert Norman Doidge tells as he reveals our brain's remarkable ability to repair itself through the power of positive thought.

Lab Girl
By Hope Jahren

An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world. Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also so much more.


Featured Scientist

Candice Raeburn

Growing up in rural Victoria, I completed my undergraduate at RMIT University. During and after uni I lived, studied and worked abroad in Scotland, Japan, USA, Vanuatu and Germany, until I recently returned home to Australia to start a PhD at Bio21. In my research I am developing a genetically encoded biosensor to investigate how proteins fold - and stay folded. This will give us a better understanding of what happens in protein misfolding diseases, particularly those implicated in neurodegenerative diseases like ALS, Huntington's and Alzheimer's diseases. I'm supervised by Danny Hatters (Bio21) and co-supervised by Gawain McColl (Florey). I’m interested in yoga, cooking, reading, guitar, drums and swing dancing.




Gender Diversity and Science: Busting the Myths and Opening Doors

Gender inequality in Science has a big history that continues today, yet we all know now that gender diversity is a key to successful teams and organisations. So why does the inequality still exist?Come and join in the discussion, and how we as individuals and as an organisation can foster gender diversity in Science.  No registrations needed. Fri 23 Sept, 1:00pm - 2:00pm. More info here

Science Career Conversations - discover where studying biology can take you

Come and hear our diverse panel of emerging and established professionals and alumni speak about how their study in biology transferred across a range of career pathways. There will be break-away workshops after the panel so you can ask questions to your chosen organisations. Thurs 6 Oct, 5:30pm. Register here.

Master of Entrepreneurship: Wade Institute Open House

Discover the University's Master of Entrepreneurship degree and how it can help you gain the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to launch your own start-up over one intensive year. Mon 19 Sept, 5.00pm-6:30pm. Registrations essential.


GSA Thesis Bootcamp

A 3-day weekend of intensive writing with other graduates, designed to help you break writer's block and beat procrastination. Applications for Fri 4-Sun 6 Nov and Fri 2-Sun 4 Dec close in Oct. Apply here

GSA Workshops

The GSA hosts a range of other heavily subsidised workshops to support you with your research, including formatting your thesis, using SPSS, NVivo, and more. Book in here

MAP Startup Velocity

Want to start your own business but lacking the know-how? Over two evenings the Melbourne Accelerator Program will deliver their popular Startup Velocity program, designed to give your idea the kickstart it needs. Presented by some of the best minds in the startup ecosystem, take the first steps towards making your startup a reality. Thurs & Fri 29-30 Sept 5:30pm-8:30pm. Register here.

Break Free from Anxiety 

Worry, anxiety and stress are common experiences that can get in the way of study, work and relationships. Learning some facts about the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that go along with anxiety and some practical strategies can help you manage anxiety and lead a productive, fulfilling life. Sign up now online to attend this free one-day workshop. Wed 28 Sept, 9:30am-4:30pm.


Essential IP and Licencing Skills for Research

Understanding and exploiting intellectual property lies at the heart of research and academic success. Yet terms like ‘IP’, ‘licensing’, ‘patents’ and ‘trademarks’ can seem perplexing, mundane and even off-putting. This workshop demystifies these research-critical matters. Wed 21 Sept, 9:00am-12:00pm. Places limited, registration essential via the website


PwC Malaysia is recruiting 

Find out more about working with PwC Malaysia by attending their networking lunch on Wed 28 Sept, 11:00am-2:30pm (lunch provided). Register here to attend. Interested students are invited to submit their CV here, to be shortlisted for an interview.

Spring Writing Festival

The Academic Skills writing session is an all-day event held Sat 17 Sept on the Parkville campus. Open to all, the writing festival aims to help you better communicate your ideas, knowledge and understanding in an academic context. Make sure you bring you own device and sign up via SAS.




CSIRO Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools

Inspire school students and teachers by volunteering for CSIRO’s Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools (SMiS) and ICT in Schools (ICTiS)! By forming an ongoing, flexible partnership with a teacher you will be able to make a positive impact on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths) education in primary and secondary Australian schools by sharing your real-world, contemporary skills and experiences. There is no cost to participate. Graduate students are more than welcome to register. You can find out more information about SMiS and register online

ASEAN Challenge

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) invites students to submit a business proposal highlighting ideas on "What makes today's companies attractive to millennials". The best entries will be selected by GRADUAN, with a chance to take centre stage during the GRADUAN-MASCA Australia Careers FairSat 1 Oct 2016. Enter online. Closing date Sun 18 Sept.

Postgraduate Global Environmental Sustainability (GES) Awards

The Rotary Club of Balwyn has established the GES Awards Program for students enrolled in at least the second year of a PhD program (by research) in an area related to environmental sustainability. This award is intended to assist recipients to attend and present their research results at an international conference, held in Australia or overseas.  The conference must be held between 1 Jan, 2017 and 31 Dec, 2017. Applications are now open, closing 27 Nov. More info on the website.




Statistics Consulting Centre Workshops - Statistics for Research Workers course using SPSS

This very popular course gives a basic understanding of statistical ideas and methods involved in carrying out research. Statistical topics covered will include estimation, hypothesis testing, regression and inference based on the normal distribution. Full outline of course available on the websiteWed 2 – Wed 10 Nov (6 days). 
Full: $1485, UoM students: $1100.


Statistics Consulting Centre Workshops - Design and Analysis of Experiments

Are you a researcher needing help in designing an experiment or analysing your data? This practical four-day course will provide you with the skills you need. Applications include randomised trials in medicine and the social sciences, designed experiments in the biological sciences, and studies of processes in industry. Full outline of course available on the website.  Thurs 17-Tue 22 Nov (4 days). Full: $ $1100      UoM students: $880.

Statistics Consulting Centre Workshops - Producing Excellent Graphics Simply

Do you need to produce graphs of your data, simply and effectively? Are you frustrated by how difficult this seems to be? Do you wonder how to represent statistical inferences graphically? This workshop is designed to show participants the principles and practice of effective graphics. Full outline of course available on the websiteWed 23 Nov. Full: $385. UoM students: $242




Ask Counselling

Ask Counselling is a web-based blog that enables current students to submit questions anonymously, read answers from our counsellors, and view all other blog posts.
Relationships: from love to loss? Just look here. How to cope with exam stress?  We have plenty of questions and answers related to that.
Want to ask a question? Just click on the Ask a question button and ask!

Services Finder

The University provides a wide variety of services to all students. Check out our online Service Finder, store it as a bookmark and come back here whenever you need.

Help shape the future of your student precinct

The University is seeking input from current students to help shape the future of the proposed new Student Precinct at Parkville. Log in and participate at any time that suits you, and participate only in the conversations and topics that are of interest to you!

10 x cash prizes of $100, and a number of smaller incentives on offer. Interested in taking part? Go here


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Until next time we are truly yours,
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