Graduate Research News
April - May 2022
April is almost done and we are heading into May and that means DocFest22 is just around the corner! If you aren't already familiar with DocFest check out the fabulous program of events at this year's conference. Five days of everything to do with Graduate Research! Fantastic keynote speakers, plenary discussion panels, seminars, research papers and posters, and the Three-minute Thesis. And it's easier than ever to join in- just one Zoom link- no registrations or complicated logins. No need to register - just save this link into your calendar for direct access. The one link will get you into all sessions, all week, so you can easily pop in and out as you are able. We look forward to seeing you there!
The next issue of GR News will be published on 25 May and contributions from staff and students are most welcome. We especially love to hear about any student achievements such as publications and appreciate any photos as well.
Please send them to RD@csu.edu.au by COB Monday 23 May
Jennifer and the ReD Team
In this month's issue....
We acknowledge and welcome new candidates and celebrate those who have recently submitted their thesis or are set to graduate. Read more..
Successful IMNIS applicants!
We are very pleased to announce the successful applications to this nationally acclaimed industry mentoring program. Read more...
Share your research story on community radio
Researcher Development are working with our CSU community radio station 2MCE to produce a monthly program featuring the research of our graduate research candidates. Find out more and how you can participate here.
Fulbright Scholarships for Australian Candidates are now open
L'Oreal-UNESCO Mentoring Program
Seeking female PhD students to apply to join the 2022 six-month mentoring program. Read more...
University Research Grants and Wildlife Ecology Research Scholarship applications now open
Grant and scholarship applications now open. Find out more...
JDRF Australia is inviting applications for 2022 PhD Top-up Scholarships
Applications now open! Read more..
DocFest22 Graduate Research Conference - Are you ready?
23 - 27 May 2022. No need to register. Find out more...
You can't ask that!
Your opportunity to ask all 'those' questions your want to ask your supervisor but aren't quite game. And its anonymous! Learn more...
Careers and Skills Hub
Keep up to date with all the latest workshops and news from the Career and Skills Hub. Find out more...
Can we help you?
Find out about the support available to you here...
Researcher Development, Research Skills and Academic Writing Workshops
There is so much professional development and skills training on the Training Calendar for this year - start planning now. Check out what's coming up here...
Three-minute thesis 2022- Pitch Practice
We have a great number of entries across a wide range of research topics. For those who have entered we are offering you a chance to get in some practice.
Find out more here...
Work-life policies and processes - what worked and what didn't during COVID. Register here...
Shut Up & Write!
Keep those writing muscles moving as the weather cools by joining a Shut Up & Write! session. Find out more...
Welcome to New Graduate Research Candidates!
Each issue we welcome new Graduate Research candidates and acknowledge the achievements of our current students. (Please note that this is based on reporting up to and including the 9th of the month)
Welcome to the following new candidates
We wish them every success as they begin their research journey and look forward to hearing about their research along the way.
Faculty of Arts & Education
Ella Critchley School of Social Work and Arts
Adrienne Matthys School of Social Work and Arts
Shirin Shakeri School of Education
Jessica Russ-Smith School of Indigenous Australian Studies
Mostafa El-Gashingi Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation
Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences
Rabin Dulal School of Computing, Mathematics and Engineering
Jannatul Ferdous School of Computing, Mathematics and Engineering
Nazreen Narrazee School of Business
Roger Bush School of Business
Angela Pepper School of Business
Christopher Wilmot School of Business
Faculty of Science and Health
Andrew Reid School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences
Shaunna McTernan School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences
Kimberly Burgess School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences
Hardy Manswer School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences
Murray Parker School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences
Philip Larwill School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences
Amanda Moses School of Nursing, Paramedicine and Healthcare Sciences
Holly McAlister School of Allied Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences
Thesis set for examination
Congratulations to the following candidates who have recently submitted their thesis for examination.
Faculty of Arts and Education
Alexandra Banks School of Theology
Principal Supervisor: Dr Peter Alan Kline
Thesis Title: Broken Bodies Broken Words: Feminist Theology, Trauma, and the Arts
Liam Bradley School of Social Work and Arts
Principal Supervisor: Dr Therese Taylor
Thesis Title: Official Deviance Exposed: An Historical Examination of Misgovernment Scandalised in Late Twentieth Century Australia
Mary Coe School of Information and Communication Studies
Principal Supervisor: Prof Philip Hider
Thesis Title: How readers make sense of active e-book indexes
John Brunton School of Theology
Principal Supervisor: Dr Anthony Rees
Thesis Title: Theology in Planning - an integrated theological framework for the planning process
Julie Perrin School of Social Work and Arts
Principal Supervisor: Aspro Susan Mlcek
Theis Title: Sibling Bereavement When Death is Drug Related: a Qualitative Study
Belinda Friezer School of Education
Principal Supervisor: Prof Linda Harrison
Thesis Title: How do Infants Interact in Triads in Long Day Care?
Faculty of Science and Health
Josephine Hale School of Agriculture, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences
Principal Supervisor: Aspro Raphael Labens
Thesis Title: Factors Affecting Autologous Conditioned Serum Concentration in the Horse
Anna Turner School of Agriculture, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences
Principal Supervisor: Skye Wassens
Thesis Title: The macro and micro-climatic drivers of prevalence and intensity of Chytridiomycosis in Bell Frogs
Emma Lynch School of Agriculture, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences
Principal Supervisor: Aspro Gaye Krebs
Thesis Title: The use of canola meal as a supplement for grass fed beef in southern NSW
Richard Segal School of Agriculture, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences
Principal Supervisor: Aspro Melanie Massaro
Thesis Title: Diet, breeding ecology and habitat use of the threatened Lord Howe currawong (Strepera graculina crissalis) and its wider impact on the terrestrial ecosystem.
Bikshapathi Jagga School of Dentistry and Medical Sciences
Principal Supervisor: Prof Jade Forwood
Thesis Title: Structural and Mechanistic Basis for Nucleocytoplasmic Shuttling of Sox Transcription Factors
Susan Moore School of Social Work and Arts
Principal Supervisor: Aspro Susan Mlcek
Thesis Title: Safeguarding children from sexual abuse in remote Australia: applying a both ways cultural approach
Yuchi Chen School of Agriculture Environmental and Veterinary Sciences
Principal Supervisor: Prof Jane Quinn
Thesis Title: Aetiopathogenesis and Presentation Patterns in Photosensitisation of Livestock in Australia
Approved to Graduate
Congratulations to the following candidates who have recently been approved to graduate and to their supervisors who have supported them on their journey.
Faculty of Arts and Education
Charles Tupu School of Theology
Principal Supervisor: Aspro Clive Pearson
Thesis Title: Fa'aola Fanua: The Role of Public Theology in Taking Care of Customary Land (fanua faale-aganu'u)
Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Science
Samantha Ward School of Business
Principal Supervisor: Dr Joanne Esler
Thesis Title: Market Orientation - Does it Exist in Australian Universities?
Faculty of Science and Health
Kin Fai Wan School of Nursing, Paramedicine and Health Sciences
Principal Supervisor: Prof Patrick Ball
Thesis Title: The Use of Telephone Counselling to Improve Medicine Beliefs and Adherence Among Hospital Out-patients in Hong Kong
Emily Thomas School of Agriculture, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences
Principal Supervisor: Prof Christopher Steel
Thesis Title: Impact and causes of non-pollination-drop of walnut flowers (Juglans regia) in a semi-arid climate of Australia.
Published anything lately?
If you have recently had an article published we would love to hear about it!
Congratulations on successful IMNIS applicants!
We are very pleased to announce the following Graduate Research candidates have been successful in their applications to join the nationally acclaimed industry mentoring program run by IMNIS.
Muhammad Rana - School of Computing, Mathematics and Engineering
Anne Johnson - School of Agriculture, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences
Amy Bates - School of Agriculture, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences
Leila Khaled – School of Education/ Centre for Islamic Studies
Md Ershadul Haque - School of Computing, Mathematics and Engineering
Mary McQuillan - School of Agriculture, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences
Nyadoub Jok – School of Dentistry and Medical Science
The IMNIS program matches Graduate Research and ECR applicants with high level industry and business mentors with monthly connections over a 12-month period. They are also provided with a wide range of other networking and professional development opportunities.
This is the first year Charles Sturt has participated in the INMIS program, with funding for the places provided by the Office of Research Services and Graduate Studies. We wish all the participants the best of luck and look forward to hearing back from them about their experiences.
How about sharing your research story on community radio?
The Researcher Development team are very excited to be working with the team at Radio 2MCE to produce a monthly program featuring the research stories of our graduate research candidates. On the third Thursday of the month at 5.30pm we will feature two interviews where researchers will be able to share their research and a little about their research story. Interviews will be recorded in advance via zoom so location and time zones are not an issue.
If this is something you would like to participate in please submit an Expression of Interest form and our team will be in touch to book an interview.
Thank you to our first two great interviewees, Helenna Mihailou from the School of Agriculture, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences and Jessica Houston from the School of Dentistry and Medical Sciences for their fabulous interviews and to Simon Wakeling from 2MCE for his help to make the program happen.
Listen to a recording of our first two programs HERE
You can listen to the next program live at 2MCE on Thursday 19 May at 5:30pm
Fulbright Scholarships for Australian Candidates are now open
Fulbright Australia offers scholarships to take you on an academic and cultural exchange, pursuing research or study at the forefront of your field, and experiencing life abroad in one of the most diverse and fascinating democracies. Our scholarships are available across all career stages, and all academic fields.
Which Fulbright category is right for you?
POSTGRADUATE — for postgraduate students undertaking their Australian PhD to conduct research in the U.S. for 4-10 months, OR for students to enrol in a U.S. graduate degree program (e.g. a Master’s) for up to two-years.
POSTDOCTORAL — for individuals (who have completed their PhD in the past 5 years, or are in the last year of completion) to undertake postdoctoral research in the U.S. for 3-10 months.
SCHOLAR — for academics (at Associate or full Professorial level) and mid-career professionals (with an undergraduate qualification and minimum 10 years work experience) to undertake research and/or training in the U.S. for 3-4 months.
Pre-recorded information session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl28b2nWWQ8
Applications close 6 July. Applications to Research Services by 22 June 2022.
See website for more info: www.fulbright.org.au
Calling for ambitious female PhD students across Australia & New Zealand
We are seeking female PhD students to apply to join the 2022 six-month mentoring program, as mentees.
For its sixth year, L'Oréal Australia and New Zealand will connect the current L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellows with passionate and ambitious female PhD students as part of their mentoring scheme.
Our For Women in Science Fellows have established themselves as exceptional researchers, communicators and leaders within their scientific fields. We know how important it is for female role models to inspire and instil confidence into other women, especially in the early stages of their career. We believe by fostering a mentoring scheme where our Fellows can share their knowledge and experience to budding female scientists, we will provide an invaluable opportunity to develop the necessary skills and instil confidence in our future women leaders.
Applications close for mentees will occur on Thursday 28th April, 11.59pm
To be eligible as a mentee, applicants must:
- Be currently enrolled as a PhD student (either full-time or part-time) at an Australian or New Zealand university or research institute.
- Have completed at least 1 year of their PhD (or received confirmation of candidature).
- Work within scientific fields including life sciences (including medical sciences), physical sciences, computer science, engineering and mathematics. Psychology, science education and social sciences are not eligible for this mentoring program.
PhD candidates will be selected based on the following key selection criteria:
- Clearly identified strengths and weaknesses.
- Addressing any relevant ambitions or goals for your future and how a mentor could facilitate your success in achieving these.
Five mentees will be chosen to take part in this mentoring scheme (4 within Australia and 1 in New Zealand). Along with one-on-one mentoring sessions with our current fellows, this scheme will include a number of workshops catered to the mentees’ ambitions, such as:
- success in academia (with past L’Oreal Australia & New Zealand fellows)
- making your research stand out (with current Jury members and past Laureates)
- exploring non-academic roles in science (with scientists working at L’Oreal Australia)
In addition to the mentoring program, the mentees will be invited to attend the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science ceremony in November, as our special guests with travel expenses fully covered by L’Oréal Australia & New Zealand.
More information about the mentoring program and how to apply can be found online at: www.forwomeninscience.com.au.
University Research Grants and Wildlife Ecology Research Scholarships are open!
The Australian Wildlife Society University Research Grants are scholarships offered to honours
or postgraduate students at Australian universities. Each year, ten $3,000 grants are awarded to members of the Society. Student membership is free, and you can join online at: www.aws.org.au
Grants are available for research projects of direct relevance to the conservation of Australian
wildlife – flora or fauna. Grants may be used to purchase equipment and consumables, travel
expenses related to field research, or attend a conference where you present your work.
Applications close 31 May 2022.
Further information and details on how to apply can be found here.
PhD Top-Up Scholarships - Applications now open for 2022 awards!
JDRF Australia is inviting applications for 2022 PhD Top-up Scholarships.
PhD Top-up Scholarships are designed to support and encourage PhD students pursuing research in the field of type 1 diabetes. The Scholarship will provide successful candidates with additional funding, on top of their PhD stipend, full-time or pro-rated part-time, contingent to satisfactory progress.
Applicants must be:
Applications must be submitted by 5pm Monday 2 May 2022. For more information and to apply.
- The recipient of either a Research Training Program Stipend, NHMRC Postgraduate Award or a University-funded PhD Scholarship
- Not receiving any other PhD top-up funding
- Pursuing research relevant to type 1 diabetes
- An Australian citizen or permanent resident residing in Australia
DocFest22 Graduate Research Conference
Graduate Research Conference
Monday 23- Friday 27 May 2022
'Beyond the Doctoral Degree'
The program for this year's conference is now finalised and we have a terrific line up of guest keynote speakers, three plenary discussion panels, a journal writing workshop and a wide range of fabulous research papers and posters.
You can find all the details about all sessions and the live Zoom link to join at anytime on our webpage,
You can't ask that!!
We all have one or two slightly embarrassing, awkward or challenging questions about research, academia or the doctoral journey that we would love to ask our supervisors, right? Well here's your chance!
And its totally anonymous!
Back at DocFest22 by popular demand is our panel of senior academics for
"You can't ask that!"
Submit your burning questions in advance here or just scan the QR code by 5:00 pm Wednesday 18 May and we'll put them to the panel at DocFest on Tuesday 24 May at 6:00pm
Careers and Skills Hub
Keep up to date with all the latest workshops and news from the Career and Skills Hub by subscribing to their newsletter.
The Careers and Skills Hub team have the resources, tools and expertise to help you find your ideal job once you graduate as well as workshops for students including: How to work with others; Effective Communication; and Managing Your Time and Energy.
|Researcher Development, Research Skills
and Academic Writing Workshops
Coming up this month on the Researcher Training Calendar
Did you know that most of the research training and workshop sessions for the whole of 2022 are already posted on the Researcher Training Calendar?
This is great news as it means you can use your Individual Development Plan to assess your research skills and identify any gaps, find the support or training you will need and plan ahead to make sure you are on top of things when you need to be.
Here's whats on offer this coming month! Just click on the session title to register
Shut Up & Write (live link)
Shut Up & Write sessions are held regularly on-line to help you focus your writing efforts in a supportive small group. These sessions: help your research writing to be more focused, efficient and effective; protect or ‘quarantine’ time for your research writing, away from distractions; build a sense of community around your writing; and help overcome procrastination and increase motivation. Mondays 10-12pm, Tuesdays 2-4pm, Wednesdays 10-12pm, Saturdays 2-5pm (fortnightly). No need to register, just pop this link as a reminder into your calendar - https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/62521890840?pwd=aDFzYXMzTlY5cWJsbWw2OVVpSFZ5Zz09
28th Apr 2022 Using EndNote for Theses and other Publications
Now that you are familiar with EndNote, this session will look at advanced EndNote features, which will be helpful when writing your thesis or for other professional writing.60 mins, 1400-1500 Presenter - Division of Library Services
3rd May 2022 3MT Pitch Practice
This workshop is for entrants to the 3MT competition. Come with your best, fully prepared presentation, including your slide. Be prepared to perform your pitch in full (preferably from memory), take questions from the group, and receive and give feedback. (90 mins, 1000-1130 AEST)
13th May 2022 How to write better tenders
In 2018-19 the Commonwealth Government awarded more than 78,000 contracts with a total value of $64.5 billion. Learn how to tap into this. PD+ streams: Commercialisation of Research. Presented by Campus +. 60 mins, 1200-1300 AEST.
17th May 2022 3MT Pitch Practice
This workshop is entrants to the 3MT competition. Come with your best, fully prepared presentation, including your slide. Be prepared to perform your pitch in full (preferably from memory), take questions from the group, and receive and give feedback. (90 mins, 1000-1130 AEST)
20th May 2022 How to identify undiscovered University IP
How can you find research IP in your institution that could have great commercial potential? PD+ streams: IP Management. Presented by Campus +. 60 mins, 1200-1300 AEST.
23rd- 27th May 2022 DocFest-21 (live link)
Graduate Research Conference. Beyond the Doctoral Degree. For research students, ECRs, supervisors, support staff and prospective students. Completing your research and thesis are just a part of what you will experience and achieve by undertaking a doctoral degree. DocFest22 will look beyond the degree at the ‘bigger picture’, on the journey and on the other side. DocFest22 offers graduate researchers and their supervisors a range of inspiring and informative sessions and will showcase our researchers and their experiences within the University community through a range of interactive keynotes, workshops, panels, breakout sessions and DocFest will also include the 2022 3-Minute Thesis heats. May 23-27. Save the live link into your calendar. Explore the website
27th May 2022 How to improve your University Impact
Impact beyond academia is an increasingly important metric. Key take-aways from the 2018 ARC Engagement and Impact assessment. PD+ streams: Strategic. Presented by Campus +. 60 mins, 1200-1300 AEST.
27th May 2022 Getting published in peer-reviewed journals, Ron Adams
This workshop is being held as part of DocFest22. Increasingly, Higher Degree by Research students are expected to publish peer-reviewed journal articles arising from their masters or doctoral research. Publishing in peer-reviewed journals is important because evaluation by professionals verifies that the article meets high scholarly standards and enables you to be part of a scholarly community. It’s the means for establishing and maintaining an academic reputation—and winning promotion and grants. This 3-hour workshop will cover how the peer-review process works and introduce you to strategies for: using an abstract as a planning tool for writing the article; targeting the journal and persuading the editor; getting the writing done; reviewing and revising your text. (3hrs, 1315-1615 AEST). Presenter - Ron Adams.
Three-minute thesis - Pitch Practice
We have a fabulous number of 3MT entrants for this year's heats and as always an amazing array of research topics to learn about.
To help our presenters prepare and rehearse their 'pitch' we are holding two 'Pitch Practice ' sessions on Tuesday 3rd and 17th May at 10:00-11:30 am. Bring along your slide and your take the opportunity to get some feedback and hone your presentation skills.
The 3MT Heats will be held as part of the DocFest 22 program and everyone is most welcome to join us in the audience.
Heat 1 - Monday 23 May 5:00-7:00 pm
Heat 2 - Thursday 25 May 2:00-4:00 pm
Heat 3 - Friday 26 May 4:40-6:00 pm (if required)
International Webinar: Work-life policies and processes - what worked and what didn't during COVID-19
Want to learn about work-life policies and processes that organisations used during COVID-19 and what they found worked and didn't from an international perspective in Australia and the Czech Republic?
This webinar discusses the landscape of work-life integration policy and practice
responses from a human resource and social policy perspective in both Australia
and the Czech Republic. Come and join us to hear speakers from both Charles Sturt
University, Wagga Wagga, Australia, and Masaryk Uni, Brno, Czech Republic
discussing this important topic.
Thursday, 28 April 2022
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM AEDT
As the weather cools stay warm by keeping those writing muscles moving by joining a Shut Up and Write! session
We have some great Shut Up and Write! sessions running online throughout May. These sessions: help your research writing to be more focused, efficient and effective; protect or ‘quarantine’ time for your research writing away from distractions; build a sense of community around your writing; and, help overcome procrastination and increase motivation.
No need to book, just click on the session link below.
Charles Sturt University
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