Welcome to the final GradSci NEWS for the year!
A reminder that you still have time to re-enrol for 2017 (deadline is tomorrow, Fri Dec 9). Make sure you either enrol in your subjects for next year (you can swap via your my.unimelb account later if you change your mind) or apply for a leave of absence if you’re taking a break. Please note that research higher degree students do not need to re-enrol as this step happens as part of your progress review. Visit
the re-enrolment website for more.
If this is your final semester of study with us, then congratulations on successfully completing your degree! You can visit the new graduates page here
to find out how you can stay connected to the University.
To keep up to date with news, events and opportunities that come up over the next few months, please like the Science Student News Facebook page. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday period!
IN THIS ISSUE
- New Course
- Science in the
- SciComm Tip
- Student Report - International BioFest 2016
Professional Skills for Scientists
‘Employability’ is a buzzword you’ve probably heard bandied around, but what does it mean? Leadership, teamwork, communication, organisation, innovation, problem solving – these are things that set you apart in the jobs market. With this in mind the Faculty of Science has introduced the Graduate Certificate in Professional Skills for Scientists. We already teach a variety of graduate-level professional skills subjects to ensure our Masters and PhD students have the edge in employability, and this course now makes these subjects available in a 50-point concurrent or stand-alone certificate. Find out more
Environmental Science at Melbourne
What does environmental science mean to you? For Professor David Karoly, it’s about solving the ‘wicked problem’ of climate change, and for PhD student Jorg Werdin it’s about understanding the complexity of nature. See their videos and more on the Environmental Science at Melbourne website.
PhD Opportunities in Earth Sciences
PhD positions in the School of Earth Sciences are currently available. Their long-established palaeoclimate research group is undergoing a substantial new growth phase as a result of Prof Jon Woodhead’s recently awarded Laureate Fellowship. Check out the website for more details.
Science and Technology Internship Subject
If you’re considering an internship for 2017, it’s not too late! Apply by Mon 6 Feb for Semester 1 internships. Internships give Science students valuable experience working in industry: everywhere from small start-ups, Victoria Police to the World Health Organisation. Visit the Internship Subjects website for details.
Wentworth Group Science Program Scholarship
The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists is offering scholarships to Australian postgraduate students to assist in bridging the gap between science and public policy. Students studying science, economics, geography, philosophy, law and/or engineering (especially those majoring in environmental science/management/law or ecology) are encouraged to apply. The Group is seeking students committed to advancing solutions that will secure the long term health of Australia’s land, water, coasts and biodiversity.
Application forms are available
here. Applications close at 5pm on Mon 9 Jan 2017.
For further details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
CSIRO Alumni Scholarship in Physics
The CSIRO travel scholarship aims to connect the brightest young physicists or mathematicians to a leading research centre overseas or in Australia. This $5000 scholarship will fund travel costs to visit and/or conduct research in an overseas or interstate institution such as a university or research establishment of international standing in the field of proposed research. Find out more on the website. Applications close
Sun 1 Jan 2017.
Frogs and the city
Frogs are a key indicator of environmental health. Find out why in this Pursuit article featuring Associate Professor Kirsten Parris, who is a Research Fellow in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Science.
Lloyd Hollenberg awarded 2016 RSV Research Medal
Professor Lloyd Hollenberg from the School of Physics has been awarded the 2016 Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research by the Royal Society of Victoria. This is the highest award the Society gives to research-active Victorian scientists. Find out why here.
Waiting for the tiger mosquito
In this article featuring Professor Ary Hoffman from the Bio21 Institute, find out why it may be just a matter of time before the tiger mosquito arrives on mainland Australia bringing tropical diseases south.
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 #10 Read your writing aloud
One of the best ways to ensure your writing makes sense and reads well is to read it out loud. This is a great way to notice missing (or misplaced) punctuation and sentences that are too long.
Of course you can simply read your own writing aloud but there are also plenty of good text-to-speech tools to do it for you. In some ways, this is a better option because when we read our own writing we are less likely to notice problems. Here is an introduction to some of the best text-to-speech software available.
Student Report - International BioFest 2016
One of the largest life science conferences, International BioFest 2016, was held in Melbourne earlier this year. International BioFest is an annual event organised by AusBiotech whose aim is to provide a unique platform for local and international life science companies to exchange ideas and research. I was fortunate to be a part of the conference this year as a volunteer.
I found out about AusBiotech by looking up alumni profiles on LinkedIn and applied for the volunteer position through their
Volunteering at the International BioFest 2016 was an unforgettable experience. I got the opportunity to assist experienced event professionals in running a large scale international conference. This event provided exposure to various companies where I met some amazing individuals who shared their best career advice, which was the highlight for me.
Working as a volunteer gave me the chance to attend networking events and informational seminars. This in turn gave me a broader perspective of the current industry scenario while also discovering new career paths.
By Michelle Mendonca