Cancer Council Victoria’s 2020/21 Summer Vacation Studentship: Applications open 10th Aug!

Applications for Cancer Council Victoria’s 2020/21 Summer Vacation Studentships open at 9am on Monday 10 August 2020.

Studentships are offered to undergraduate students enrolled in relevant disciplines at any Victorian University.  Students are not eligible to apply after completing their final year, except for 3rd year science students who are proceeding to the fourth year of an honours degree.

Applicants need to source a studentship project that is part of a cancer research program being conducted at a Victorian university or research organisation. Clinical and allied health placements are also encouraged.

All information and application forms can be found on our website:

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Monash Career Launch Program

From December 7 to 11, Career Connect have arranged a special careers event for students finishing up their study.

Monash Career Launch is a week of masterclasses specially designed to help final-year students acquire the skills, knowledge and self-assurance to secure their ideal role.

Featuring a wide range of bespoke workshops and industry panels, this week provides practical advice to students on how to navigate their own employability and job readiness, as well as provide clarity and build confidence when transitioning from education into professional employment. Choose from:


  • Design your Career

  • Nailing the Interview with Compelling Storytelling

  • Non-traditional Pathways to Building your Career*

  • The Power of Mentorship*

  • Building an Impactful Brand

  • Quiz a Recruiter*

  • Preparing for the transition to employment

  • Entrepreneurship Strategies for Success*

  • Accessing the Hidden Job Market

  • Maintaining Well-Being in your Career

  • Effective Communication in the Workplace

  • The ‘Networkathon’*

  • Job Application ‘How To’ Workshops


*Special industry panel event


To browse the list of events and to register, go to Career Gateway.

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Let’s Torque – Science Communication Roles Available Now!

Let’s Torque is a science communication organisation run by undergraduates from across Victoria! New roles are now available for 2021, requiring skills ranging from social media managing, event planning, finances and more! New members will work with current members to design workshops, host professional events and run our annual SCIENCE COMMUNICATION COMPETITION!

Available role titles for 2021 are:
Head of Let’s Torque
Head of Online Content Creation
Head of External Engagements
Head of Events
Head of Marketing
Education and Online Content Creation Coordinator
Education and Marketing Coordinator
School & University Outreach Coordinator
Let’s Torque Volunteer 

Go to to check out each role, or visit our Facebook page the team for 2021 and help spread the joys of SCIENCE COMMUNICATION!

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Impacts of Covid-19 on Science at Monash and advice for students

This blog is a collation of responses from prominent lecturers and staff from around
the Monash Science Faculty. To begin we would like to thank Ulrik Egede, Martin
Burd, Scott Findlay, Daniel Mathews, Nicholas Price and 2 other staff members for
making this article possible.

How their typical work day changed since the pandemic?

Majority of the respondents have moved to working from home and their face to face
interactions have now been replaced by zoom calls. Also laboratory activities have

How has teaching remotely been different from ‘usual’ teaching?

There are both advantages and disadvantages to remote teaching. Teaching
remotely requires a lot more preparation and is a lot more time consuming than
regular face to face classes. One of the biggest challenges is trying to find a virtual
substitute for hands on learning. Learning science through virtual means is a lot less
interactive, which in most cases limits students’ learning ability. However, some
students are finding it easier to ask questions via the zoom chat function than they
would in a large lecture theatre.

Modifications that have been made to research and their impacts.

For most academics conducting laboratory-based research, the pandemic meant a
complete halt of on-campus research. Some have changed to a different part of their
research that is more theory-based. A major drawback to research has been the lack
of discussions with fellow researchers and collaborators, or at least their decreased

Overall, the impacts to the research and respective fields of academics has not been
positive. It did, however, demonstrate that although lab-based research will always
need to be done on campus, some aspects of theoretical research can be done at
home with the same efficiency. Additionally, they are able to ‘attend’ international
seminars that were not previously accessible.

Will changes made to science during this time continue into the future?

Overall, the pandemic has proved that a large number of scientific tasks can be
conducted online – including teaching videos and even conferences. These may be
seen more frequently in the future. Additionally, flexibility in working hours was also
shown to be possible. However, face to face collaboration – whether in research or
applied classes – is overall more preferred in person.
In lab-based research however, being on campus is crucial and cannot be replaced.
It may take many years and considerable resources before such research can be
done remotely.

Advice for science students currently undertaking laboratories and general studies

  • Especially during this time communication is the key, continue to ask
    questions and engage with the content in zoom classes and on discussion
  • You may be missing out on learning now but we are hoping to equip you to be
    lifelong learners so what you might miss now you can learn in the future.
  • Do what works for you during this situation. Do not worry about what others
    are doing it is okay to just focus on yourself during these challenging times.
  • Utilize your tutors although the setting might be different they are still here to
    help you.
  • Hang in there, this too shall pass.

Composed by Stacey Barbagallo, Israa Hameed and Matthew Wanford in
collaboration with Monash University’s Science Future Leaders Program 2020.

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Green Steps Sustainability Leadership Program – Apply Now!

Ready to take your knowledge of sustainability to the next level?

Develop your skills as an emerging sustainability leader and change agent with Green Steps. The Green Steps program is an award-winning sustainability leadership initiative run by Monash Sustainable Development Institute. Open to students across all faculties and disciplines, the program includes:

  • Five days of sustainability leadership training
  • A consultancy project
  • Access to a global network of over 1,300 sustainability leaders
There are 30 fully-funded scholarships available. No previous knowledge of sustainability is necessary. Applications close 1 July. To apply, visit:
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Monash Careers Summit 5th to 9th July – Applications Now Open!

Would you like to meet industry experts? Not just one, but a stellar line up of leading professional and personal development thought leaders?

At the Monash Careers Summit you can meet facilitators @Josh Farr, @Yousef Shadid, @Poorva Bhardwaj and @Gary Ryan who will be presenting throughout the week at customised sessions designed to help students on their career journey from university to the workplace. Get your questions ready!

Register Now:


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Graduate Meteorology Program: Virtual Information Session

Applications for the BOM 2022 Graduate Meteorologist Program open 2nd July and close 26th  July 2021.

If you are motivated by innovative and socially impactful work and inspired to become a Meteorologist, we encourage you to attend one of our online information sessions to find out more.

Online information sessions  

We’re hosting an online information webinar for those interested in applying for the role. In this session you’ll hear from previous graduates who have forged successful careers at the Bureau, find out more about a career with the Bureau and ask your questions. As a Graduate Meteorologist you will begin your career by undertaking a nine-month formal training course in Melbourne, commencing in February. Upon graduation you may be relocated interstate, deploying your skills where the weather, customers and the community need you most. This is followed by advancement as a Meteorologist where your will diagnose the state of the atmosphere, producing forecasts and warnings, and communicating the impact of these products with a variety of customers and industries.


To register use the link below:

If this link doesn’t work, email for assistance.
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Your Voice Matters – Centre for Youth Policy and Education Practice (CYPEP)

Young people’s voices matter. At the Centre for Youth Policy
and Education Practice (CYPEP), we want to amplify young people’s voices through our Youth Reference Group (YRG).


Members of the YRG will meet regularly (up to four times a year) with CYPEP researchers to:

  • Provide advice on issues of importance to young people and their education
  • Help CYPEP set our agenda on youth issues of concern to you
  • Co-develop and road test research ideas with other young people


In recognition of your contribution to the YRG, we will provide you with:

  • An influential platform where you can speak up about issues that affect young people
  • Opportunities to build skills for your career and network with like-minded young people
  • Written references attesting to your personal contribution to the YRG
  • Pizza, snacks and a gift voucher at each meeting


To apply, all you need to do is send us a short (three minute) video by the 12th of July that includes:

  • Some information about yourself (e.g., your age, where you live, and something about your background)
  • Why you would like to be a member of the YRG
  • Your take on ONE key issue affecting young people in Australia today

Contact Us

Centre for Youth Policy and Education Practice
Monash Education

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