Good afternoon GradSci-ers. For those of you doing coursework, we hope your exams and end of semester assessments are going well, and you're looking forward to some well-earned time off over summer!
Remember to take care of yourself during the coming weeks; get enough sleep, drink plenty of water and take breaks.
If you have ever had a mind blank during an exam, find out the best way to prepare in this great article
by Educational neuroscientist Jared Horvath. For more hints and tips on nailing your exams, go here.
Read on for some great opportunities available for graduate students over summer and during 2017, as well as some inspiring stories from Faculty of Science academics in the media at the moment, and interesting events happening over the next month.
The perfect way to spend your next study break!
IN THIS ISSUE
- SciComm 101
- Science in the Media
DairyBio PhD scholarships
Advance your career in an industry-supported bioscience training program. DairyBio are seeking the best and brightest graduates for world-class research training in the following disciplines: genomics, phenomics, computational biology, bioinformatics, quantitative genetics, systems biology, engineering, metabolomics, animal nutrition, and agronomy. A limited number of top-up and full scholarships are available. Visit the website
to view the brochure and apply now.
Postgraduate Global Environmental Sustainability (GES) Awards
Applications close Sun 27 Nov for the GES Awards, which range from $1,000-$4,000. Eligible applicants must be PhD students in their second or later year of research relating to environmental sustainability. Find out more here.
Science Day 1 - Volunteers needed
We are looking for motivated volunteers to help us welcome new students into the Bachelor of Science in 2017! If you are keen to get involved with Science Day 1 orientation activities on Wed 25 Jan and/or Thurs 16 Feb we’d like to hear from you! Please let us know by emailing Monique Alexander by Tues 20 Dec.
Science Experience - Volunteers Needed
Are you interested in a volunteering opportunity for the summer break? Here is your chance! Become a Group Leader in The Science Experience 2017 - a 3 day program of interactive and fun science activities run for Years 9 and 10 students from all over Victoria.
Group leaders work in pairs, accompanying a group of around 10 students through all of the activities on offer. Being a Group Leader is a great way to build your leadership, communication, and problem solving skills, and is an excellent thing to include on your CV. The Science Experience will run Mon 16 - Wed 18 Jan at the Parkville campus.
Please note that a current working with children check is required to participate. To submit an expression of interest, please contact Katie Potts by Fri 18 Nov.
Science Student Ambassador Program 2017
Do you love studying science at Melbourne? 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 contribute to various activities run by the Faculty, while developing your skills in public speaking, communication and interpersonal skills, presentation skills, teamwork 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 Jennifer De Gabriele or call her on 03 8344 7949.
Become an In2science Mentor
Are you passionate about science and maths?
Postgraduate students studying science, technology, engineering and/or maths are invited to apply as an In2science Mentor for semester 1 2017. Mentors will be confirmed this year.
In2science is a science peer mentoring program that works to engage high school students from low socio-economic areas with science and maths. University students volunteer their time to work as a mentor in a year 8 or 9 science or maths classrooms or as an online eMentor for 10 week placements. Over the 10 weeks you will get to know the students and encourage them to relate the science/maths they are studying in class to their lives and interests outside of school. You will show that scientists are diverse people not restricted to lab coats and that science is important in many aspects of our lives!
Volunteering with In2science is a great way to give back to the community in the science sphere. With training and support from The University you will develop your communication skills, enhancing your resume, while getting a taste for the classroom and informing our society about the importance and wonders of science.
Please apply at the our website.
Any questions? Email Maddy Yewers.
Graduate Researchers’ Big Day Out
Hosted by Melbourne CSHE, the Graduate Researchers’ Big Day Out is a unique opportunity for all graduate researchers to engage, learn from, teach and network with each other and the rest of the University. Put simply, this is your day! Thurs 24 Nov, 9:30am - 5:00pm. Registration is free but places are limited, so head to the website and sign up to avoid missing out!
Australia’s Energy Future – Public Lecture
Australia’s energy future - what’s possible? By 2050 our entire energy system, including industry and transport, could be powered by 100% renewable energy. This may sound implausible, but this could become a reality if we make the right decisions about investment now. Presented by Dr Sven Teske. Thurs 17 Nov, 3:00pm - 4:00pm. RSVP here.
Graduate Drinks: Summer Send Off!
The GSA’s end-of-year celebration is happening on Thurs 17 Nov from 7pm. Celebrate the graduate student community and yourselves! Buy your tickets here.
Mind the Gap – Discover your best self
Taking a step from student to full-time career professional is not always an easy path. This Graduate Student Association (GSA) workshop is designed to help prepare graduate students for the challenges of entering the world of work.
This 3.5 hour workshop will help you identify and develop your personal strengths. You will participate in exercises that will explore and develop strategies to harness your positive self. Mon 21 Nov, 1:30-5:15pm. Register
Mind the Gap – Presenting me with confidence
The way you present, tell stories and entertain others matters when you are entering the world of work. In this workshop you'll begin developing the resilience you need, and along the way you'll learn how to design and deliver an amazing presentation! This 3 hour workshop will help graduate students present with the best combination of storytelling, conversation and entertainment. Learn how to convey messages, build trust, and work through complex problems and issues even when facing a storm of change. Tue 22 Nov, 2:00pm - 5:00pm. Register
Dean's Lecture: The Power of a Warm Welcome
The world is experiencing one of its greatest refugee crises in history, yet the next president of the USA was elected on the back of anti-immigration and anti-refugee rhetoric. How do the ways that public figures and the media represent refugees and migrants mould the public perception of and attitude towards these people and their plights, and how do we find an alternate voice for everyday humanitarianism? Hear international migration and refugee expert Professor Uma Kothari from the University of Manchester discuss this important and very topical subject. Tues 29 Nov, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
in The Spot. Register here.
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 website. Wed 23 Nov. Full: $385. UoM students: $242
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.
Made Possible by Melbourne
From rice that could improve half the world's diet to a breakthrough that could save a thousand babies, Melbourne is changing the world.
Made Possible by Melbourne is a free exhibition celebrating world-changing research by the University of Melbourne. Exhibits can be found on street corners, tram stops and throughout the CBD during the month of November. More info here.
Jobs of the Month
PhD Internship opportunities, AMSI
Bureau of Meteorology - The Intern will be required to determine whether bias correction is required on the observation data (daily maximum and minimum temperatures) to properly match up with the forecast daily maximum and minimum temperatures.
Remuneration: $3000 per month in stipend payments
See Careers Online for these jobs and many others!
PhD research opportunities for 2016 and 2017, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources – Victoria
What: Now recruiting for PhD opportunities at AgriBio and are seeking successful high calibre (must be H1) Honours or Masters Students to apply.
Who: Students from the following disciplines – genomics, phonemics, computational biology, bioinformatics, quantitative genetics, systems biology, metabolomics, animal nutrition, agronomy, engineering.
Remuneration: $30,000 p.a stipend (Tax Free)
Applications close: 30 November 2016
See Careers Online for this job and many others!
Campus Brand Ambassador, Teach For Australia
What: You will be responsible for marketing and brand awareness by:
Supporting the planning and running events
Attending career fairs
Distributing flyers, posters and other marketing materials
Forming strategic relationships with students, academics, clubs and societies, and other university influencers.
Who: Current university student (undergraduate or postgraduate study) with extensive university networks
Where: On campus
Applications close: 20 November
See Careers Online for this job and many others!
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.
Tip #9 Make an infographic
Sometimes the most effective way to communicate your science is to make an infographic. Infographics are an excellent way to break down and simplify complex scientific messages and can be used to engage
audiences with many different types of data and other information. Infographics are easily shared on websites and social media and there are many free tools
to help you create a fantastic infographic. Check out some great science infographics.
If you're passionate about communicating Science and would like to write for us, send us your expression of interest and topic to Science News.
100 Happy Birthdays - Made Possible By Melbourne
Recent research breakthroughs by Laura Parry and her team in the School of BioSciences is bringing us closer to solving the tragedy of stillbirth. Read about it here.
Growing greener cities - Made Possible By Melbourne
They naturally cool cities, reduce energy costs, and are set to become part of Melbourne’s booming skyline. In this article, find out why the Faculty of Science is a leader in the research and implementation of green roofs.
Improving half the world's diet - Made Possible By Melbourne
Alex Johnson and his team of researchers are on the cusp of making a real difference by developing a new strain of rice that contains much higher quantities of the essential micronutrients iron and zinc in the grain. Find out how in this article.
myUniApps is here!
myUniApps is a new service for students that provides online access to software packages – anywhere, any time and to any device. These include general productivity software and software that may be relevant to your particular subjects.
Anywhere, any time, any device
myUniApps is accessed via any web browser and from any web-enabled device (iPhone, Mac, PC, iPad, Windows Phone, Linux, Android, etc.). The software runs online, you only need to download a small Citrix receiver application.
Opening, saving & printing
From myUniApps you can access and save files as normal and print to your own printer or a University print queue.
myUniApps is now live. Please visit this website, install Citrix, log-in with your usual University credentials and try it out for yourself!
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