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GradSci NEWS

Hi there,

Winter is well and truly here! As the sun sets earlier, remember that the University offers a free security escort service for all students to help you get to your car, public transport, college or other locations near campus safely. It is recommended you prebook the service on 03 8344 4674 or 1800 246 066.

We know that one of the most important aspects of your studies is developing an effective working relationship with your supervisor. UMSU have some great resources available on supervision, including tips for resolving issues early, available here.

As always the Graduate Research Hub is a great site for all current graduate researchers to learn about any aspect of their candidature and seek further information.

There are a lot of events and opportunities coming up over the coming month to build your knowledge and skills. Read on to find out more! 

We would also really like to hear your feedback about our GradSci Newsletters. Let us know what you think by email.


  • Events
  • Top Job
  • Opportunities
  • Graduate Researchers
  • Counselling Services
  • SciComm 101
  • Science in the Media


Science Festival 2016

Pop it in your diaries everyone - Science Festival is back for another year! During the week of 15-19 August there will be free events and activities running all over campus including keynote speeches, trivia nights, movie screenings, workshops, forums, and pop-up demonstrations. Keep an eye on the website, as details will be updated early next semester.

UpSkills Session: “So long and thanks for all the footnotes: thesis completion and planning future directions for late candidature graduate researchers”

In this half-day workshop you will explore practical strategies for articulating the transferable skills developed whilst undertaking a research degree. Academic Skills will then share some of the practical skills required to complete a thesis. Suitable for late candidature graduate researchers (Masters or PhD). Wed 15 June, 10:00am – 5:00pm. Register online.

Melbourne Engagement Lab: Workshops on publishing and being a writer

This upcoming set of free workshops offers skills across the following topics:

  • Preparing for Publication Tues 21 June 10:00am-12:00pm
  • The Perfect Pitch Thu 23 June 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Self Publishing Thurs 7 July 10:00am-12:00pm
  • The Business of Being a Writer Tue 5 July 10:00am – 12:00pm

Visit the website to read more and register.


Free Public Lecture: International climate policy to make the Paris Agreement a success

The real work is just beginning: Prof Ottmar Edenhofer explores the issues for international climate policy “post-Paris”. The Paris Agreement could be a milestone for international climate diplomacy if the introduction of effective tools succeeds. Hosted by the Australian-German Climate and Energy College and the Melbourne Energy Institute. 

Fri 17 June, 11am–12pm. RSVP here.


Diversity in Science Lecture

Join in the discussion on how Victoria is approaching true diversity in science and how we can improve and progress gender equality in Science. This lecture is presented by Victorian Lead Scientist Leonie Walsh and hosted by the Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA), The ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) and the Women in Science Parkville Precinct (WiSPP). 

Mon 27 June 7:00pm - 8:00pm. Register here.

Making the Leap: from Research to Business

This free session will discuss how to translate your research into a commercial reality. Meet the scientists who have crossed the chasm and successfully entered into the world of business and commercialisation. Guest Speaker Associate Professor Vern Bowles will be followed by a panel led by Michael Vitale and Michelle Gallaher.
Tue 16 June 6:00pm. Find out more here.


Top Job

D. E. Shaw Research

D. E. Shaw Research is an independent research laboratory that conducts basic scientific research in the field of computational biochemistry. Members of the lab include computational chemists and biologists, computer scientists and applied mathematicians, and computer architects and engineers, all working collaboratively within a tightly coupled interdisciplinary research environment.

What: Multiple positions:

  • Design Verification Engineers
  • Hardware Architects and ASIC Engineers
  • Algorithm and Software Development for Computational Biochemistry
  • Scientific Software Developers
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Biomolecular Force Field Development
  • Computational Chemistry and Biology Opportunities

Who: Please check individual job listings for details

Where: New York

Remuneration: Above Market

Applications Close: 13 June 2016

See Careers Online for this job and many others!


Science and Technology Internship Subject (SCIE90017) 

Applications are still open for studying a Science and Technology Internship as part of your degree in Semester 2. Check the handbook to determine eligibility within your course. All the info you need to approach an organisation and apply for the subject is on our website. Applications close Mon 4 July.

Don’t forget to get your CV checked by the Career Express drop-in service before sending to hosts!


Become an In2Science Peer Mentor in High Schools

Are you passionate about science and maths?
Postgraduate students are invited to apply as an In2science Mentor for semester 2.

In2Science places university science, technology, engineering and maths students into year 8 and 9 science and mathematics classrooms. Uni mentors help to engage low socioeconomic school students and support teachers to develop science and maths related projects and activities.

Apply here. For more info send an email.

Advance Global Australian Mentoring Program

Applications are now open for the @AdvanceGlobal Mentorship Program. For 12 months, you will be paired with a prominent and influential industry expert for the opportunity to develop your professional clarity and gain industry specific knowledge and experiences to become a future leader. This is a unique opportunity to excel your skills, knowledge and connections.

Nominations close 30 June. Apply here.

Hacking Health Connect Event

The Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) is holding an information session about their upcoming hackathon, Hacking Health. Hacking Health is designed to improve healthcare by inviting technology creators and healthcare professionals to collaborate on realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line problems. Anyone can apply. The informative meetup will be held at the Wade Institute, where you will meet potential collaborators and industry professionals. 

Tue 14 June 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Wade Institute at Ormond College. More info here.

Interdisciplinary Hackathon 

Are you interested in solving real corporate legal challenges working together with lawyers from King & Wood Mallesons? Over a weekend in August you will have entrepreneurial mentors available to help bring your ideas to life. The top three teams will be eligible for cash prizes. Students across all disciplines are invited to participate.

Fri 5 – Sun 7 Aug. Register your interest here.

Alumni Bursary for Malaysian Students

Are you a Malaysian student? The University of Melbourne Alumni Association in Malaysia (UMAA) is offering up to three AUD$2,500 bursaries to Malaysian students undertaking degrees at any school or faculty of the uni (both undergraduate and postgraduate).  Applications will be reviewed by a panel of respected senior alumni. 

Apply as soon as possible and no later than 10 June. Further information and application form is here.


Uluru Astronomy Weekend

Designed for astronomy enthusiasts of all ages, the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), plays host to the Uluru Astronomy Weekend 26-28 August 2016. Led by popular science journalist and ABC radio broadcaster, Robyn Williams, along with some of the world's leading experts, this enlightening weekend will include engaging discussions on astro-statistics and the structure of the cosmos, fun family activities and demonstrations, an exciting Stellar Starlit Dinner and more. To read more and register visit the website.


Thesis Bootcamp

GSA is running its next Thesis Bootcamp on July 22-24.

It’s a hugely popular weekend event that helps research students kick-start their thesis writing and make strides toward completion.

Previous Bootcamp attendees have written up to 20,000 words over the weekend, and learned new strategies for getting words onto the page.

Applications are open until 9:00pm on 4 July. Apply via this form. For more information send an email.



3MT Training Session 

We encourage all our PhD students to participate in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition this year. Students have three minutes to present a compelling talk on their thesis and its significance. The challenge is to consolidate your ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience. To help you prepare, there is a training session on Thu 16 June 10:00am-12:00pm (Singapore Theatre, Melbourne School of Design). For more information and to sign up for a training session and heat, please visit the 3MT®’s web page.


Counselling Services

The University offers free counselling to currently enrolled students of the University of Melbourne. A counsellor can assist you to gain a clearer understanding of whatever problem you have, and identify appropriate strategies or options for you to consider. These sessions are confidential, for further details please have a look at their website.

Alternatively, the University of Melbourne Psychology Clinic also offers free services to current University of Melbourne students. These sessions are with postgraduate students working towards higher degrees (Masters or Doctorate) who are under the supervisor of registered senior clinicians.


Quick Survey

The Counselling Services run regular webinars to help students. They want to find out what topics you’d like to hear about! It just one question and is very quick to answer. Please share your ideas here.

Break free from anxiety workshop

The Counselling Service is running a free one day workshop where you will learn to practise skills, strategies and states of mind to reduce everyday worry and anxiety. This workshop includes relaxation, mindfulness and cognitive behaviour change to apply to your particular experiences. Online screening questionnaires will be conducted. Thu 23 June, 9:30am - 4:30pm. Register here.

Mental Health Essentials workshop

The Counselling Service offers a free half-day workshop that explores common mental health disorders, indicators of distress, impact on performance, issues of privacy, confidentiality and duty of care, and available services and supports. Thu 30 June. A 2-day certified Mental Health First Aid course is also available, free to students on Tue 28 and Wed 29 June. Registrations for all workshops here.


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 #4 Get active on Twitter

Despite what you many think, Twitter is a fabulous resource for scientists. Many scientists use Twitter and plenty of useful scientific discussions take place on Twitter. Follow interesting people and before you know it you’ll be reading fascinating science and asking and answering questions.  And what’s more, condensing your ideas into 140 characters is a very effective way to improve your communication skills.

For the full story, click here.

Science in the Media

The legacies in our lakes

Find out about Dr Michael-Shawn Fletcher's work exploring ‘natural archives’ to piece together our environmental history, in this article on Pursuit.

Planet search more than a numbers game

Did you know 1,284 new planets have been identified by NASA scientists? In this article, astrophysicist Dr Katie Mack talks to Andrew Trounson about the discoveries made from the masses of data being beamed back by the orbiting Kepler telescope.

How sunflowers track the sun

Dr Mike Haydon from the School of BIoSciences talks about the internal clock that drives the daily movement of sunflowers. This article will brighten up a winter day!

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Until next time we are truly yours,

Science News

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