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interactions have now been replaced by zoom calls.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
stopped.

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
frequency.

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
    forums.
  • 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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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 https://www.letstorque.org/join-the-team to check out each role, or visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LetsTorqueSTEMJoin the team for 2021 and help spread the joys of SCIENCE COMMUNICATION!

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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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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: http://www.cancervic.org.au/research/biomedical/research_sum_vacation_studentships

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Monash Healthcare Innovation Summer Scholarships Program: Apply Now!

Applications for the Monash Healthcare Innovation Summer Scholarships (HISS) Program for 2020/2021 are now open!

HISS is dedicated to educating future innovators within healthcare whilst generating projects and concepts with potential for tangible real world clinical outcomes.

After a pilot program over the summer of 2019/2020, MYMI are pleased to announce that HISS will be offered again over 2020/2021, in collaboration between MYMI, MIME and Monash Partners. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and a passion for healthcare innovation are invited to apply.

What’s in it for you:

  • Learn about Project Management, the Innovation in Healthcare Process and more.

  • Work within highly interdisciplinary teams and build your communication, collaboration skills and technical skills over 11 weeks.

  • Learn from, and connect with industry & clinical mentors.

  • Opportunity to work on continuing projects with potential for real world impact (FYPs, BMedSci, Honours and more) and funding

  • Scholarship funding at $4400

Check out some of our projects from last year: https://www.mymi.org.au/projects

Further information and link to apply: https://bit.ly/HISS-Info

 

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Monash Careers Summit & Career Expo

The Monash Careers Summit is designed to allow students to explore ways of working, developing employability and career planning, and features workshops, seminars and speaker panels bringing students and industry together in an interactive, virtual environment. Featuring sessions tailored to the specific needs of both domestic and international students, the focus of the Summit will be on careers, career development, graduate employability and graduate recruitment.

 

The cornerstone of the Summit will be the Monash Careers Expo on August 5 and 6.

Now in its tenth year, this key Monash event attracts a prestigious selection of local and international exhibitors from a range of industries and sectors, and is a trusted and valuable opportunity for students to explore their career options and potential. And in 2020, it will run as a completely virtual event, providing students with even greater flexibility and ease of access to prospective employers.

Click here to register.

More details about the event will be made available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, mark August 3-14 in your calendars, and we hope you can join us in making the Summit a success.

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Career Connect Masterclasses

Introduced last year and highly valued by students, Career Connects Masterclass series is an intensive week of workshops that will deliver valuable employability and job seeking skills in an online form. From July 13 to 17, students will have the opportunity to acquire valuable information on areas such as Effective Career Planning and Entrepreneurial Skills for Students, as well as innovative new workshops on building a personal brand, navigating the recruitment market, and much more. Additional information about, and registration for, the Masterclasses can be made through our Career Gateway portal.

 

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MFI Internship

Calling all penultimate and final year Science students. Are you looking for an internship like no other?

Take your passion for science, technology and innovation to the next level by working in multi-disciplinary teams to solve industry-based challenges as a part of this unique internship project.

Watch the video below to find out why this is a not to be missed opportunity!

APPLICATIONS CLOSE SUNDAY 5th JULY
Find out more here!
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Resources and Workshops for students during the Exam Period

If you are seeking employment opportunities or wish to work on your job skills following the end of semester one, Career Connect are here to help with a range of workshops and resources! Below are the links and details to some of these.

How to Build your Career Plan Workshops

When: Friday 26th June and Tuesday 30th June
Unsure about your career direction? Or do you have an idea, but are not clear how to go about it? In our How to Build your Career Plan workshops, an experienced Career Success Coach will help you to develop clarity around your employment goals, and advise o how you can plan to achieve them. To reserve your place, register through Career Gateway.

Job Application ‘How-To’ workshops 

If you’re keen to gain insight and skills that will help you secure your ideal role (or something to tide you over during study), you can access our Job Application ‘How-To’ workshops online via webinar and as self-directed Moodle modules. You’ll learn how to craft an excellent resume, write an eye-catching cover letter, answer key selection criteria, create the perfect LinkedIn profile and practice your interview skills. We’ll even review your applications online afterwards!

Leap into Leadership Online 

Leap into Leadership Online, our interactive platform designed to help you develop your employability and leadership abilities, has hit over 4,000 module completions during 2020! If you want to join the thousands of Monash students refining their goal achievement strategies, personal branding, mentoring, and numerous other skills with the help of LiLO’s 13 fun and practical self-guided modules, log on at https://www.monash.edu/student-leadership/leap

Monash University Careers Directory

Monash is here to provide you with the support you need to start a successful career in business. To help you, we’ve launched the Monash University Careers Directory. It brings you up-to-date information on the best business internships and graduate programs in Australia, graduate reviews and career advice to help you along the way. And new roles are added daily! Check out the Directory now.

Resume Check

Resume Check, Career Connect’s new automated CV checking and review platform, is now online. Upload your resume and be provided with immediate and comprehensive feedback using AI tech and current industry standards, enabling you to improve and refine your CV for potential employers. All within minutes! To access Resume Check, go to https://www.monash.edu/career-connect/ready/resume-check

GradAustralia’s Top 100 Graduate Employers Guide 2020

 

GradAustralia’s Top 100 Graduate Employers Guide 2020 is now available.  Featuring a wide range of job opportunities, valuable career advice, and up to date insights on how to navigate the employment market, this is a great asset for all students keen to get their post-study career journey underway. Check it out here

 

 

 

 

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