IAG, Australia’s largest insurer, invites you to participate in our exciting shark tank style event* to compete for a $6,000 first prize, graduate opportunities and the chance to make yourself known in the industry. All you need is an idea on how to make the world a safer place.

Put your creative minds and pitching skills to the test in this team-based competition open to all under graduate and post graduate students in any discipline with a great idea.

Applications open NOW! Closing 20th September 2019 at 9am AEST.

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Masters Information Session coming soon!

The Faculty of Science is pleased to present its first Masters Information Session to help you explore the graduate coursework options open to you after completing your science undergraduate degree.

You are invited to attend our inaugural Masters Information Session: Courses and Careers Paths session on Tuesday, October 8 between 5.00pm and 7.00pm at S1, S3, and S4, 16 Rainforest Walk.

The session will also provide you with the opportunity to meet Course Directors, current students, Alumni and speak with staff to gain an understanding of how the course could work for you based on your career aspirations and goals.

Course advisers will be on hand for breakout information sessions to provide you with detailed information about the:

Master of Environment and Sustainability

Master of Financial Mathematics

Master of Food Science and Agribusiness

Master of Mathematics

Master of Science (Astrophysics, Atmospheric Science, Earth Science and Physics)

In addition to invaluable information about our graduate courses, the Expo will provide you with advice on topics such as FEE-HELP, Credit Transfer, Study Mode, and more.

If you are interested in attending this information-packed event, please register at this link:

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Alumni Convos – Lynette Plenderleith

Name: Lynette Plenderleith

Current Role: Science Media Freelancer 

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (Biological Sciences); Master of Science (Biology); Bachelor of Science (Natural Sciences)

Lynette is currently working as a freelancer, specialising in Science for the Media. Lynette works mostly in television but her dream is to create her own feature length documentary within the next 5 years.  

Get to know Lynette and learn about her journey after university in the interview below: 

What were you highlights of studying at Monash?

The day I handed in my Ph.D. thesis is among the best days of my life. I was escorted from my office by a parade of peers with party hats and a ukulele and we walked together through campus to the graduate office singing and cheering. What I remember most of Monash is the support I got from academics, administration staff and fellow students alike. I could have asked for no more.

What made you want to study at Monash?

Monash University had the course I wanted, the supervisor I wanted and because it is one of the top Universities in the country, it was a pretty easy decision!

Looking back, what skills or experience from Monash have helped you in your career?

Science is one of the best subjects to study to gain transferable skills. I made the switch from scientist to media freelancer without retraining or expanding my skill set. Everything I use in my day to day work – project management, budgeting, writing, presenting – are all skills I acquired or improved at Monash.

Tell us a little more about your current role, what does a typical day at work look like for you? 

I don’t think I have a typical day at work! In some ways, it’s just like everybody else’s – I sit at my desk with a cup of tea and do my best to ignore emails. I think although I’m doing what I always hoped to do, the job itself looks very different to the way it did 20 years ago. Television has become a nebulous entity, mostly online in one way or another. Print media are now on the internet. Mostly I am surprised that I don’t resent the technology. I took a long time to warm to modern methods, preferring for many years a paper and pen and real-live book. Not only have I learned to live with it, but I think embracing it is the only way to make it work. 

If you could go back what advice would you give yourself as a student?

Keep on keeping on. Don’t worry about where you’ll be in five years, ten years, twenty years. Don’t worry about not having a plan. Just do your best and the rest will fall into place. 

What advice would you give to a job seeker fresh out of uni?

Be patient! I spent most of my first year after my BSc being sad and disappointed. I felt like my degree was worthless and that I would never be employable. Turned out that was a long way from the truth!

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Alumni Convos – Mark Fittock

Name: Mark Fittock

Current role: Project Manager, OHB system Germany
Degree: Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) Honours/ Bachelor of Science (Astrophysics/Applied Maths)

Mark currently works at OHB on future space studies for science and exploration missions. His primary role is as a project lead for the Hera Mission which is planned to fly to an asteroid pair in 2023.

Read on to find out about Mark’s journey after university in the interview below:

What path did you take in your career after graduating from Monash?
After I graduated at Monash, I went on to do a double masters in space technology in Europe, suitably called the “Spacemasters”. I then started at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR).

What challenges did you have to overcome in pursuing your career path?
The distance from my friends and family in Australia was tough! Living and working in a country with a different language and different culture is both exciting and challenging.

How did studying Science at Monash help you in your career?
The practical experience! I didn’t realise how important this was going to be but the skills I learnt in the labs have been invaluable! Along with reasoning and deduction skills too!

If you were to offer advice to a job seeker fresh out of university, what advice would you give?
Make and use connections in order to explore different options. Find jobs that excite you and inspire you to aim for the stars. Take a chance! The only way to find out if a job is right for you is to give it a shot!

How do you see the future job market for astrophysicists? What is your advice for a Monash alum to succeed in this industry?
The skills learnt in astrophysics are valuable across many fields and roles. There is so much to learn across the world that looking abroad can be a great chance to find new opportunities and career paths.

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Science Industry Week 2019


Want to meet future employers?

Science Industry Week 2019 spans over four nights from 5 August – 8 August 2019.

Each night features employers, industry guests and graduates at a Q&A Panel discussion

session (6pm-7:15pm) and Networking session (7:15pm-8:30pm). Each night features a

different school or schools. Also, enjoy the free food and drinks while you are networking.


Register now!

Q&A Panel discussion session venue: S3 Lecture Theatre, 16 Rainforest Walk

Networking session venue: Level 4, Green Chemical Futures, 13 Rainforest Walk


Q&A Panel discussion session venue: S3 Lecture Theatre, 16 Rainforest Walk

Networking session venue: Level 4, Green Chemical Futures, 13 Rainforest Walk


Q&A Panel discussion session venue: S3 Lecture Theatre, 16 Rainforest Walk

Networking session venue: Level 4, Green Chemical Futures, 13 Rainforest Walk


Q&A Panel discussion session venue: S4 Lecture Theatre, 16 Rainforest Walk

Networking session venue: Level 4, Green Chemical Futures, 13 Rainforest Walk

Find out more about panellists and what to expect here!



** Please ensure you are signed in with your Monash email to access the registration form.



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Celebrate World Chimp Day with Trivia!

Join Roots & Shoots Victoria on Saturday 13th July for an afternoon of trivia and test your knowledge on Dr Jane Goodall, great apes and sustainability issues. You will also have the opportunity to hear from Dr Varsha Pilbrow, researcher and lecturer at the University of Melbourne, talk about chimpanzee behaviours and structural features that help us better understand the evolutionary process of humans. Nibbles will be offered at the event.

When: 4:00 -6:00 pm, Saturday 13th July

Where: Port Phillip EcoCentre, 55A Blessington St, St Kilda 3182.

Cost: $15 per person- book as an individual or as a table of 5 ($75)

Prizes: The winning table will be awarded a personalised tour of the Pilbrow Laboratory by Dr Varsha Pilbrow, where you will view 3D-printed skeletal features of great apes and archaeological artefacts. Also included will be a trip to Melbourne Zoo (complimentary entry) where you will have the chance to observe primate behaviour in real-time with Dr Varsha. Exciting prizes also for the runners-up!

Money raised for the event will contribute towards the care of chimpanzees in JGI’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Centre located in the Republic of Congo, where over 150 rescued orphan chimpanzees receive lifetime care.

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Alumni Experience Conference

About the Conference

Dates: 9-10 August 2019

Theme: Alumni Knowledge and Experience: Reflecting on Real-World Transition Practice

Venue: Monash University, Faculty of Education
Clayton campus, Australia
The Learning & Teaching Building (LTB)

Cost: Free

Alumni Experience Conference (AEC) is the first-ever event for alumni, scholars, researchers and current students in various disciplines to discuss ways of enhancing the connection between curricula/pedagogies and real-world practices.

We have pleasure in inviting you to participate in this free event.  It will provide you with relevant professional development as well as the opportunity to contribute to this important conversation about the gap between University and Employment. 

We welcome graduates of Australian universities to do a 20-minute presentation. See Call for submissions section.

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