2017 Advance Global Australian Awards Mentoring Program


Exciting news: applications are currently open for the 2017 Advance Global Australian Awards Mentoring Program – a 12-month initiative that connects students with some of Australia’s most successful global industry leaders, affording them the invaluable opportunity to develop their professional clarity and gain industry-specific insights.

Advance is the preeminent global community of high achieving Australians and alumni abroad, with over 46,000 connections in 110 countries. Advance forges connections with the one million Australian diaspora, drawing on their experience and networks to open doors and opportunities for Australia, Australian companies and Australians around the globe.

The Mentoring Program is a facet of our annual Advance Global Australian Awards – an event that showcases Australia’s most innovative global individuals across 12 industries.

We would love to see students from Monash put their names forward for selection, and would be so appreciative if you helped spread the word to your networks – either via your online bulletin, career boards, thorough your social media accounts or website. All information about the 2017 Mentoring Program including links to apply can be found at:



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12 things I tell myself when I don’t want to study #MotivationMonday

Sometimes, studying can be overwhelming for me. I write down the things I want to achieve today and achieve this week and realised there was quite a bit to be since it’s week 12.

These are 12 things I tell myself when I feel a little demotivated and a little overwhelmed. These are my own things and they may not apply to you. I am sharing this in hope you can find some of it hopeful.

  1. You are very lucky and privileged to have access to almost unlimited knowledge and you should appreciate that.
  2. Be one of those rare people who step over their insecurities and succeed.
  3. “Everything you want is on the other side of fear” George Addair
  4. You will know what to do as soon as you start. Ideas and motivation doesn’t just appear from inactivity.
  5. Make yourself proud.
  6. One hour every day doesn’t feel like much but it’s 365 hours a year.
  7. It’s not supposed to be easy. Nothing good is easy.
  8. If you had a child or younger sibling to look after, you’d make them study because you want them to accomplish something. Love yourself.
  9. Let the process be your result. 
  10. Maybe you think that you can never find something to use your skills, mindset and knowledge for. But if you continue to invest in what matters to you, it will find its way out there.
  11. Wake up with determination, go to bed with satisfaction
  12. You are good enough

If you find something like this will be helpful, feel free to make your own list and display it somewhere you can see when you don’t want to study.

To help you get started, here are some exam resources:

Best of luck for week 12!

Scapegoatian Jenny

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Let’s Torque!


My name is Daniel, I am currently studying a Bachelor of Science Advanced Global -Challenges. Together with some students from Monash Science, we are setting up an exciting initiative called Let’s Torque STEM!

Let’s Torque is a public speaking competition in which undergraduate students deliver a presentation on a STEM idea and explain how it will solve a problem facing Australia. They will provide supporting arguments from the dimensions of economic, environmental and social wealth.

We’ve secured initial funding from Monash University, and established partnerships with The Royal Society of Victoria and Twisted Science.
We thought this would be an amazing opportunity for science students to get involved and register to learn public speaking skills, Delve into STEM solutions, Connect with industry and peers and win some amazing prizes! Join now or find out more at www.letstorque.org!

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Career Conversations

‘Career Goat’

Hi All,

I hope that your studies are going well and you are enjoying life at Uni.

As a student it is never too early to start to think about your career and life beyond university.

If you haven’t given much thought to your career then now might be a good time to start.

The university and Science Faculty provide a broad range of options and opportunities that will help you to get started including:


Career Connect

A range of resources and workshops to help you develop and identify your employability skills.

Career Consultants

Visit Career Connect in the campus centre and drop into see one of the career consultants or make a booking via Career Gateway.


Student Futures

A new online tool designed to help you prepare for your future career.

You can use Student Futures to:

  • Find opportunities to develop the skills employers need
  • Track and reflect on your progress
  • Prepare for job applications and interviews

This online tool is a great resource to help you develop, understand and articulate your employability skills to potential employers.

So sign up for Student Futures today and start developing those skills.



Career Conversations

Career Conversations (Science)

Science students, do you have a career question you want to talk over? Join this informal, small-group session to engage in personal discussions about your employability and career plans in science and/or other professions. Sessions available in May.

Bookings:  Career Conversations (Science)


Science Programs and events

The Science Faculty runs a range of programs for science students. Have a look at our Industry Placement Programs these programs are an excellent opportunity to gaining industry experience and develop key employability skills. Industry Placement


In August, we also run our Science Industry Week. This is an opportunity for students to hear from employers and industry guests about opportunities with a science degree.


Good luck and enjoy your career research.

Lisa Happell is a Careers Education Consultant with the Careers, Leadership and Volunteering division. 

The next Career Conversations series will be:

  • May 22nd 2017 10-11am. Book here.
  • May 23rd 2017 1:30-2:30pm. Book here.
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Sleepy hygiene #MotivationMonday

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Restless nights, followed by tiring mornings and always feeling like you can never catch enough sleep?

Like how we have habits to keep our teeth clean and our studies done, we have habits that affect our sleep.

Sleep hygiene describes good sleep habits. Here are some advice to help you get a good night’s sleep from a student. Most of these are common sense but the hustle and bustle of the modern and uni life makes most of us neglect some of our common senses and self-care.



Do – Get up from bed/go to bed at the same time each day.

The body has a natural clock so getting up or sleeping at the same time each day will help your body clock synchronise with what is going on in the outside world. If you can stick to a fairly regular waking and sleeping time, your body will become accustomed to it and you’ll wake up feeling refreshed without the need of coffee.

Think how much money that will save you in a year.

You can use Sleepyti.me to calculate when you should try to fall asleep or wake up to avoid waking up in your REM cycle, which can leave you feeling groggy for the day.


Do – Get regular exercise each day.

Regular exercise improves restful sleep, ideally not immediately before bed which can stimulate the body and may make it difficult to fall asleep. It doesn’t have to be an intense work out at the gym. A 30 – 60 minutes fast-pace walk will be beneficial for your sleep and mood.




Do  – Try to spend some daytime outdoors or in natural light

~ It’s all about that body clock ~ Natural light is important for the body to regulate the circadian rhythm, particularly in the morning as it can lead to earlier melatonin production in the evening to help you fall asleep easier.





Do – Use your bed only for sleep.

Many of us are guilty of this – using the bed as a lounge room to study, watching Netflix and checking social media for endless hours.  Try to avoid this and make sure that the bed is associated with sleeping so that your brain makes the connections between places (the bed) and events (sleeping) and you need to reinforce this so it can become a habit.

If you make sure the bed is for sleeping, then sleeping happens in the bed.



Minimise – screen usage before bed.

This should be a don’t – but letsbehonest we can only try. Blue light stimulates melanopsin to photosensitive ganglionic cells which reduces melatonin production which keeps you awake (PHY3012). Using the phone can stimulate your mind and thoughts may overflow, making it harder to relax and fall asleep. If you are using your phone as an alarm, try getting an alarm clock that does not emit any light or sound.  If you are lying in bed and can’t sleep for more than about 20 minutes, then get out of bed and do something else for half an hour or so, warm cup of herbal tea or water.


Common sleeping problems (such as insomnia) are often caused by bad habits reinforced over years or even decades. If you have tried and failed to improve your sleep, you may like to consider professional help. You can speak to your doctor.

If you have gotten this far, that’s already a great start to the week. These are not all hard and fast rules and like with all habits, start small and try improving one habit at a time. With the exam timetable released, a good sleep hygiene will get you prepared for the long game.


New week, new me.

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Interested in more? Check out this video from AsapSCIENCE.



Scapegoatian Jenny out.

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Monash VR Science Precinct Tour

Got friends who are interested in studying science at Monash?

Take them on a 360 degree VR tour of the amazing environment that is the Monash Science Precinct, from wherever they are.

The Science Precinct consists of 5 different areas; Maths, Chemistry, Biological & Environmental Sciences and our dedicated STEM library, the Hargrave Andrew Library.


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Stargazing Activities for the astronomers within us

Are you a budding astronomer? Or you’re curious and awed about the majesty of twinkling stars out in the wider multiverse?

Well, there’s a heap of stargazing activities for us to indulge in!


Join ABC’s Stargazing Live with Brian Cox and Julia Zemiro online here, from Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th April.

Want to stargaze physically?

This Thursday, 6 April at 7-10pm, go to Federation Square to join in with Stargazing Live – with Dr Karl & Friends.


Alternatively, Mount Burnett Observatory has members nights every Friday at 8pm where members can come along and view the spectacular skies. They also have a few public viewing nights here or there, so check them out regularly!

Mount Burnett Observatory, volunteer run and based at Mount Burnett in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne. Image: ABC

How about using your up-coming mid-semester break to trek out and find the best places around Victoria and Australia to stargaze?


Find the best pics in NASA’s image gallery

NASA’s image gallery has so many fantastic pictures for you to get lost in your space adventures…and also to marvel at the brilliant colours, textures and shapes of space.

The Splitting of the Dunes. Image: JPL-NASA
The Splitting of the Dunes. Image: JPL-NASA


How about some movies to whet the appetite for space?

In the last few years we saw some awesome, almost-realistic depictions of space. For example:

The Martian, 2015: Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is accidentally left behind on Mars and needs to survive until rescue comes. Read our movie review here.

Gravity, 2013: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney plays astronauts stranded in space, after the mid-orbit destruction of their shuttle. IMDb here.

Interstellar2014: Humans are struggling to survive in a dystopian, sand-blasted future. A group of explorers, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, travel through a wormhole to search for a new home for humanity. IMDb here.

Wall-E, 2008: Disney-Pixar’s Wall-e follows the adventures of a small waste-collecting robot. IMDb here.

Check out this awesome concept art from The Martian - originally shared via http://bit.ly/TheRaceToSpace.
Check out this awesome concept art from The Martian – originally shared via http://bit.ly/TheRaceToSpace.
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iPAD mini giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to the winner of the

iPAD MINI GIVEAWAY for new 2017 subscribers!


The prize was an Apple iPad mini 2.

Our randomly selected winner is Emma G. 

Emma – we have sent you an email so check your Monash student email inbox.


Thanks to everyone who participated!

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Science-y web comics

Ah it’s week 5 of semester: assignments, quizzes, mid-semester tests looming on the horizon. On one hand, we can strap down and get cracking. On the other hand, we can totally spend a few hours browsing our favourite sciencey, nerdy, geeky web-comics to lighten our spirits.

Yeah, I like that second option.

You may have seen some of these in our weekly newsletters, neatly implanted at the bottom to give us a humourous or tongue-in-cheek respite from our looming academic realities. Here’s a list of some of our favs – but it’s by no means an exhaustive list.


Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

Cartoonist Zach Weinersmith (yes, it’s a funny name and he’s not adverse to making fun of himself) puts up daily comics about “just about everything from science to philosophy to economics to dirty jokes”. Often he’d take a scientific or philosophical principle, apply slightly and majorly warped logic, and the result is something weird, ridiculous and fabulously fun.

I just spent about 2 hours yesterday catching up on missed comics.

smbc1Citations NeededBiology2

UnderDone Comics

We’ve just been introduced to this comic: Underdone Comics by Rob Lang who draw and writes about natures’ shenanigans.


Pearls of raw nerdism

Who is the author of this webcomic? Personal details are sparse – but who cares? He/she has comics about all realms of science…including the adventures of Science Cat.


…and yeah, there’s something to suggest that cats may be afraid of cucumbers.


This well known webcomic is all about science. Randall Munroe is a physics graduate and has previously worked with NASA! The comic is well known for its dry sarcasm and stick figures.


Zen Pencils

Not necessarily all science-based, but Melbourne-born Gavin Aung Than draws inspiration from all walks of life and literature, and translates them into beautiful comics. They’re often a longer comic, complete with a quick history of the person who made the inspirational quote.

I love this site because it is so inspirational – and definitely a lift-me-up whenever I feel my acadmic course is getting too much.

For example, the below image only shows the very beginning of Phil Plait’s quote…click on the image to continue reading the whole thing. I super recommend it.


Others from Zen Pencils:


…And others

There are sooooo many webcomics out there and obviously this is only a short list of the ones we’ve come across. We’ve just discovered that there are indeed so much more!

Check out Beatrice the Biologist‘s list (who runs another science webcomic herself) of a bunch of other webcomics she’s discovered: Science comics.



More than enough for some (un)healthy procrastination, eh?

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