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Credit: Alexander Kubicki and Roger Curtain, Electron Microscopist - Advanced Microscopy Facility (Bio21 Institute Node and the University of Melbourne)
GradSci NEWS


Science & Technology Internship Subject Info Sessions

Support and information is available to you to help you start organising your internship. Registrations are essential.

GSA training and workshops

Check out the Semester 1 program of seminars and workshops to provide research students with tools for their research and writing.

Courses include:

  • Word for Thesis: setting up your template and practical skills, 9am Thur 31 March
  • Using Excel to tame basic data: 9am Fri 1 April

UpSkills Sessions 

These seminars equip graduate researchers with the knowledge and skills needed to undertake their degree. Register for free here.

GSA presents: The Thesis Whisperer

A series of expert lectures by Dr Inger Mewburn (aka the Thesis Whisperer) aimed at helping research students at all stages of your thesis journey. 

Wed 16 March: Surviving your thesis
Wed 27 April: Beyond the horizon, post-thesis careers
Wed 27 July: What examiners want

Counselling and Psychological Services Workshops

A range of workshops and online webinars have been created to assist with your studies and your life. Topics include overcoming procrastination and optimising focus and attention. Tuesday lunchtimes 1-2pm. Explore the sessions on offer and register here.


Getting Started: Comprehensive Library Research

If you’ve just started your graduate research degree, this training session will assist you with finding the research databases in your subject area and structuring successful search strategies. 10:30am-12pm Wed 6 April. Find out more and register here.

Public Lecture: Lunar Mission One

David Iron, founder of Lunar Missions Trust and Lunar Missions Ltd, will introduce the Lunar One Mission - a crowd-funded effort to send a robotic lander to the Moon for scientific experiments in 2024. 5:30pm Fri 11 March. Register here.

Public Lecture: Australian-German Climate & Energy College

Brown coal exit: a market mechanism for regulated closure of highly emissions intensive power stations. Presented by Assoc Prof Frank Jotzo, Crawford School, ANU. 3pm Fri 18 March. Bookings are essential, via Eventbrite.

The Big Meet

Meet Australia’s leading organisations to plan your future. Explore everything from graduate employment, internships, volunteering and overseas opportunities. 11am-2pm Fri 11 March, Crown Casino. Register online.

    2016 Employers Talk: State Government Victoria

    The Victorian Public Service is hiring around 90 graduates with a broad range of backgrounds for 2017. Learn about the Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme (GRADS) and how to submit a competitive application at this event. 1-2pm Thurs 17 March. Register online.

    Career Wise: Applying for the Australian Public Service Graduate Programs

    If you’re considering applying for one of the many Australian Public Service Graduate Programs, come along to this session to maximise your chances of a successful application. 1-2pm Tues 5 April. Register online.



    Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP)

    MAP is the leading entrepreneurship program in Australia and accelerates the growth of world-class startups. The Faculty of Science is committed to translating research into practice, so if you have an idea for a startup, or want to up-skill and connect with entrepreneurs of all stages please get involved in the program this year. Find out more at the Information Night, Thurs 17 March.

    Microsoft Corporation Coding Competition

    Teams of three can show off their coding skills and be in the running to win prizes. Prove your coding abilities and register online. The official rules and full list of the events is here.

    Fresh Science

    Fresh Science is a national competition helping early career researchers find and then share their stories of discovery. Nominations close 23 March. If chosen, you will receive media and communication training and wide publicity of your research. Find out more here.


    Scholarships & Prizes

    Museum Victoria Student Scholarships

    Scholarships up to $1,500 are available for Honours, masters and PhD students completing a research project related to Museum Victoria’s collections or research. Applications close 31 March 2016. Find out more here.


    Student Research Opportunity

    Earthwatch Institute is running two discounted research trips that help students gain field research skills in amazing locations. Students will participate in research on either the Great Barrier Reef or the Humpback Whales in Moreton Bay.

    IGNITE Geographic App Design Competition

    Hexagon Smart is looking for students to participate in designing an innovative map application. Large monetary prizes to be won. Register to attend the one day IGNITE session in Melbourne, Mon 11 April. More info here.

    Research Internship - IBM Australia

    3-6 month internships 
    For current students in Computer Science, Maths or IT related fields. Project areas include: Healthcare/Life Sciences, Cognitive Computing, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Disaster Management, Energy/Storage Optimisation, Modelling and Analytics. Apply here.

    Indigenous Scholarship Opportunities

    The Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development, Murrup Barak, is offering a number of scholarships available to Indigenous students ranging from $500 to $5,000. Visit the website for more.


    Clubs & Societies

    Shut Up & Write

    Beat procrastination and isolation at this free weekly social writing event. No need to book, just show up! Visit website for more. Every Wed 9:15-10:30am, Tsubu Bar.

    Melbourne Biotechnology Club

    A group of students are working on getting The Melbourne Biotechnology Club up and running. The club will help members engage with academics and learn about the range of careers in the growing biotechnology sector. To receive updates and more information, complete the online survey.

    Sci-Comm 101

    Each month we will 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

    Tip #1 Know your audience

    When communicating about science, you've got to know who your audience is. Who is going to be listening to you or reading your words? Think carefully about how to make your science relevant, interesting, and easy to understand for these particular people. Read more here.


    Job of the Month

    Senior Research Assistant – Cancer (Osteosarcoma)

    The Garvan Institute of Medical Research

    What:  Excellent opportunity for an experienced Senior Research Assistant to join Dr Maya Kansara in researching the Biology Osteosarcoma as part of  the renowned Kinghorn Cancer Centre

    Remuneration: $65000 + NFP

    Applications close:  4 April 2016

    See careers online for this job and many others!


    Science in the Media

    Check out what our amazing researchers in the Faculty of Science have been up to lately:

    Drowned Apostles

    PhD student Rhiannon Bezore and Associate Professor David Kennedy, from the School of Geography, have unexpectedly found another five ‘drowned apostles’ off the coast. Read more.


    Gravitational Waves

    Professor Andrew Melatos, from the School of Physics, is part of a team who has confirmed Einstein’s theory through the incredible discovery of gravitational waves. Read more.

    Missing Piece of Sulfur Cycle

    A 50 year old mystery has been solved by Professor Spencer Williams and PhD student Gaetano Speciale, from the School of Chemistry. They have located the missing piece of the sulfur cycle. Read more.

    Credit: Alexander Kubicki and Roger Curtain, Electron Microscopist - Advanced Microscopy Facility (Bio21 Institute Node and the University of Melbourne)