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GradSci NEWS

Hi there,

It’s great to see you again! In this edition we welcome our newly commencing Masters and PhD students to the Faculty of Science. We hope you enjoy this monthly newsletter of information, opportunities and events.

The latest version of Postgraduate Futures magazine is now available. This edition focuses on the diversity of businesses currently seeking STEM graduates. Looking for further clarity? Make the time to meet with a Careers Consultant about your career queries, or to get feedback on job applications. You can also access science-specific resources here.

Also, for those who weren’t aware, Semester 2 class registration opened on Wednesday 29 June. Go forth, and timetable!


  • Events
  • Opportunities
  • Become a Science Student Ambassador
  • Top Jobs
  • Sci-Comm 101
  • Scholarships
  • Services
  • Science in the Media


Science Career Conversations: Entrepreneurship…New ways of thinking

Do you want to be empowered to develop, launch, create, make, innovate? 

The Faculty is hosting an interactive panel discussion with emerging and expert entrepreneurs so you can hear what it takes to navigate the world of startups and innovative ideas in Science. Thurs 28 July, 5.30pm–7.30pm. Registrations opening soon. Keep an eye out on Facebook. 

Grattan Institute Public Lecture

Join a panel of influential scientists who will discuss “Is Australia keeping up? Science and technology graduates and the workforce”. Panellists include Alan Finkel AO (Australia’s Chief Scientist), Renee Hindmarsh (Executive Director of the Australian Technology Network for universities), and Andrew Norton (Higher Ed Program Director at the Grattan Institute). Tues 19 July 6:00pm-7:15pm. Register here.

Science Festival 2016

During the week of 15-19 August there will be free events and activities running all over campus including speeches, trivia nights, movie screenings, workshops, forums, and pop-up demonstrations.

We are excited to announce our keynote speech will be by Prof Tim Flannery on Fri 12 Aug, 5.30pm. Registrations opening soon.

Keep an eye on the website, as details will continue to be updated over the next few weeks.

Researcher@Library Week

A week of 30+ workshops, seminars, research tools ‘speed-dating’, hackathon@Carlton Connect, visualisation and graduate research showcases, tours, Farmer’s Market stall and more. View the program and register from Mon 18 July.
Runs from Mon 22 Aug to Fri 29 Aug.


MUGS and SoG Networking Event

Melbourne University Geographical Society and the School of Geography will be hosting a Networking Event on Tues 16 Aug, 6pm in Lab14 Seminar Space. This event hopes to connect undergraduate students to those studying Honours, Masters and PhD courses, as well as potential supervisors for 2017.

The evening will have live music and a guest speaker. Finger food will be provided, and cheap drinks will be available! For more info contact MUGS

Research Integrity Taco Party

Free Jarritos and tacos from the Taco Truck will help to celebrate the launch of RIOT – Research Integrity Online Training. This training is compulsory for all Graduate Research students enrolled from Fri 1 July 2016 on. Organised by the Office for Research Ethics and Integrity (OREI).

Tues 26 July, 12.30pm onwards, West Lawn, 1888 Building. No RSVP required.




Three Minute Thesis Competition

We encourage all our PhD students to participate in the upcoming Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) research communication competition. The challenge is to consolidate your ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience. Heats start Tue 19 July, finals start Tue 23 Aug. Read more or register to compete at the 3MT®’s web page.

Six Minutes With a Scientist

We are seeking final year graduate students (Masters and PhD) to participate in Six Minutes with a Scientist as part of the Faculty’s Science Festival. This event is a facilitated and high-energy social activity to encourage a large group of students to speak with scientists. This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and inspire undergraduate students. If selected you will be invited to participate in at least one 30 minute timeslot between 3:00pm and 5:00pm on Wed 17 Aug.

Please email Monique Alexander if you are interested in participating.

Shut Up and Write

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) have teamed up with Resbaz to deliver Shut Up & Write – a weekly social writing event that helps you put aside both procrastination and isolation. Attendance is completely free and no booking is required.

Fridays, 1:30pm. CoLab Space, Old Quadrangle (enter through G07).  

Winter Writing Festival 

Get a head start for Semester 2 and sign up for the popular Academic Skills’ Winter Writing Festival (Mon 18 July, 9.00am – 3.30pm). This all-day workshop offers an overview of key skills and targeted writing practice for undergraduate and graduate coursework students.
For details and to register: log into SAS > select Events > and search for this event.

ePoster competition: Visualise your thesis

Graduate researchers are invited to take the ‘classic’ conference poster to the next level, develop their communication skills, and be in the running to win $1,000. All poster submissions will be displayed at Parkville and Southbank campuses throughout Researcher @Library Week (22-26 August), and in a web gallery. Read more or pre-register interest

Competition opens: 18 July. ePoster submission deadline: Sun 14 Aug, 11.59pm

Asia Investment Banking Conference (AIBC)

The AIBC is the largest student-run conference in Asia focused on corporate advisory and financial markets. Students who are interested in finance and are keen on pursuing a career in finance in Asia are strongly recommended to attend, and will benefit from insightful panel discussions and networking opportunities. Mon 5 & Tues 6 Sept, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. To attend as a delegate, students can register online.


Become a Science Student Ambassador

Are you passionate about Science and communicating with other people? Become a Science Student Ambassador and complement your studies with the skills that give you a leading edge upon finishing your degree.

As a Science Student Ambassador you will have the opportunity to get involved with different types of activities allowing you to develop skills you already have as well as gain new ones. Our Ambassadors are typically confident, dynamic and strong communicators. Skills may include public speaking, communication and interpersonal skills, presentation skills, team work, and networking.

Participation is voluntary and you will be the face of the University at key events. You will be highly influential in decisions that have a big impact on the University including a student’s decision to study with us. Events may be at the University, Faculty or School level.

Applicants must have completed a minimum of one semester of study in the Faculty of Science with a H3 average.

For more information, and to obtain a copy of the Position Description, email Sarah Cornish or call her on 03 9035 8533. Expressions of interest, including a brief CV and short document outlining the key selection criteria, close on Wed 3 Aug. 


Top Jobs


GradReady is a technology company that builds software, with a focus on Adaptive Learning technologies, to help students learn more efficiently and be more engaged in the learning process.

Multiple positions:

  • Project Leader
  • UX/UI Designer
  • Back End Software Developer
  • Front End Software Developer
  • VCE Tutor/Content Developer
  • UMAT Tutor/Content Developer
  • GAMSAT Tutor/Content Developer
  • Central Manager/Management Support

Who: Most are casual positions (minimum 15-20hrs/week)

Where: Melbourne

Remuneration: ranging from $35 - $50 hr

Applications close: Sun 7 Aug

See Careers Online for these jobs and many others!

Quantitative Researcher

WorldQuant Research

What: Seeking mathematics, computer science, physics and engineering majors (Ph.D. or M.S. degree) for quantitative researcher positions involving the creation of computer-based models that seek to predict the movements of worldwide financial markets

Who: Candidates need not have prior knowledge of financial markets, but must have a strong interest in learning about stock markets and financial markets.

Where: Bangkok, Thailand

Applications close: Fri 30 Sept 

See Careers Online for these jobs and many others!


Sci-Comm 101

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

SciCommTip #5 Tell a story

We know humans have been telling stories for thousands of years. Research has shown time and time again that the best way to engage someone’s attention is to tell a story. So it only makes sense that when we’re trying to explain science, we should use a story to deliver our message. More on how to do that next time!

For more on this topic, check out this interview with Alan Alda on the art of science communication.

Want to develop your science communication skills further? Jenny Martin coordinates the SCIE90012 Science Communication subject available in Semester 2.


Westpac Future Leaders Scholarships 

Applications for the Westpac Future Leaders Scholarships for Masters coursework or PhD study commencing in 2017 are now open. The scholarships are valued at up to $120,000 over 2-3 years and may include funding for an international opportunity. Recipients will also take part in a Leadership Development Program and become members of the Westpac Scholars alumni. Applications close Wed 31 Aug. See the guidelines and apply here.

McCoy Project PhD Scholarships 

The McCoy Project is currently seeking expressions of interest from joint-supervisors from the University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria with PhD research projects that align with the objectives of the McCoy Project and its research themes; including science and Indigenous cultures. Current students whose research aligns with the projects aims are encouraged to apply for PhD Scholarship funding. For more information visit the website.
Applications open Wed 29 July, close Mon 19 Oct.

The Carl de Grucy Scholarship 

This scholarship will support a student to undertake a Coursework Master’s degree with a research thesis component in medical history or a higher degree by research in Medical History. The value of the award will be $6,000 per annum and paid annually for the duration of the degree. Students who are currently accepted and enrolled in a higher degree by research that includes a research component that relates to medical history are eligible to apply. Applications close Wed 31 Aug. Apply here.


Financial Aid

Financial Aid provides student loans, advice and advocacy around Government student payments, grants based on financial need (including housing/rent assistance grants) and welfare support. Book an appointment to speak with a specialist staff member, and access relevant resources on the cost of living and managing your money here.

Student Financial Aid has recently discovered that there has been a problem with Centrelink’s approved course list. If you have been denied Centrelink payment because your course is not approved, please check our list here. If your course is listed there, please lodge an appeal with Centrelink as soon as possible. Student Financial Aid can assist with this process if required.  Appointments can be made via the Student Advising System, or by attending Stop1.


Science in the Media

What animals can tell us about sleeping

Birds do it and bees do it, but exactly why we sleep is still a relative unknown. Is it time to give the science a wake-up call? Find out more in this article by Annie Aulsebrook from the School of  BioSciences.

Unlocking the inner workings of plant growth

An international team of scientists, including Prof Staffan Persson from the School of BioSciences, have identified several proteins that are essential to producing the main component of plant cell walls – cellulose. Find out what this means for sustainable biofuels in this article.

How energy is hidden in colours

Why are roses red? Why are violets blue? What is it that gives something its colour? And how could playing with colour give us wearable solar panels? In this article find out about work by Dr Wallace Wong from the School of Chemistry and Bio21.

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Until next time we are truly yours,

Science News


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