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February-March 2022

There is so much happening for Graduate Research candidates in the next few months!
I am a bit late with this issue as I have been on leave but 2022 is already looking like a fabulous year with so many opportunities coming up to share your research, engage with other researchers and broaden your networks. We have the Three-minute Thesis, DocFest22 (Graduate Research Conference) and our new peer-to-peer mentoring program REACH P2P as well as opportunities for you to share your research stories in a new monthly community radio program. The Researcher Training Calendar is already packed with great workshops, training and support and there is something for you no matter what stage of your candidature you are at. It's hard to choose from so many great sessions but my picks for this month are the Library session 'Getting stated with Endnote' if you are just starting out, 'Writing Problem Purpose Statements' with Prof Cecile Badenhorst, for those looking to conceptualise and refine their project, and three great sessions on 'Working with the media to raise awareness about your research'. But don't take my word for it - check it out and take advantage of the amazing sessions available to help you get the best outcomes from your degree. 

The next issue will be published on 23 March and contributions from staff and students are most welcome. We especially love to hear about any student achievements such as publications.
Please send them to jpodesta@csu.edu.au by COB Monday 21 March.  

Best wishes,
Jennifer Podesta and the Graduate Research team
 
In this month's issue....

Candidate News

We acknowledge and welcome new candidates and celebrate those who have recently submitted their thesis or are set to graduate. Read more..
Aligning your expectations with your supervisors
Developing an Expectations Alignment and Communication Plan with your supervisory team is a great way to ensure you are on the same page. Find out more...

REACH P2P Peer-to-peer mentoring- EOIs now open
Students supporting students, building networks, someone one to talk to, encouraging and motivating, developing communication and interpersonal skills. REACH P2P might be for you! 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...


DocFest22 Graduate Research Conference- Call for Abstracts
Plans are underway for our annual HDR Conference, DocFest, Full details now available. Learn more...

LGBTIQA+ Awareness And Ally Network Training 
The Charles Sturt Ally Network is an informal visible network of students and staff who are identified Allies to the LGBTIQA+ community. If this is something of interest to you learn more here...


Researcher Development, Library and Academic Literacy 
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
The fabulous 3MT@CSU is back with the heats in May as part of DocFest. Never heard of it? Is it for you? Find out more here...

Industry mentoring opportunities for HDR and ECRs
Looking for ways to apply your research to industry problems or to apply you skills to non-academic career path? A high level business or industry mentor could be just what you need. Find out more and how to apply...


More paid internship opportunities through APR.Intern 

APR.Intern is continuing to facilitate 3-6 month, paid PhD student internships with several opportunities closing soon. Find out more...

 

Candidate News
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 previous 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
Tracey Matthews
Graham Fordyce

Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences
Matthew Snooks

Faculty of Science and Health
Jennifer Hawker


Thesis set for examination
Congratulations to the following candidates who have recently submitted their thesis for examination.

Faculty of Arts & Education
Nick Jensen 
        School of Theology
Principal Supervisor: Rev Dr Andrew Cameron
Thesis Title: An assessment of the Jubilee Centre’s biblically derived principles of ‘right relationship’ and their potential development of new paradigms of justice         

Matthew Grubits      School of Theology
Principal Supervisor: Dr Michael Gladwin
Thesis Title: The Crisis of Captain Moonlite: a case study of unbelief in colonial Australia

Tracie Edmondson  School of Education
Principal Supervisor: Aspro Brendon Hyndman
Thesis Title: Perception, Structure, and Practice: Three Dimensions of Digital Mediatisation in Australian Professional Sport 

Helen Stavrou             School of Education
Principal Supervisor: Aspro Jennifer Munday
Thesis Title: Exploring the Impact of Popular Song and Sources of Popular Culture on the Learning Motivation of higher education EFL students..

Faculty of Business Justice and Behavioural Science       
Rebecca Hogan           School of Business
Principal Supervisor: Dr Abhishek Dwivedi
Thesis Title: The influence of hedonic and utilitarian motivations on user experience and engagement within the Australian tertiary credit card market
 
Craig West    School of Business
Principal Supervisor: Dr Alfred Huah-Syn Wong
Thesis Title: Examination of the key factors driving business exit options in Australian Small and Medium Enterprises


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 & Education
Leslie Taylor          School of Social Work and Arts
Principal Supervisor: Dr Jared Van Duinen
Thesis Title: Were the early years of Australia a ‘golden age’ for convicted criminals? 

Faculty of Science and Health
Kayla Kopp            School of Agriculture, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences
Principal Supervisor: Prof Michael Friend
Thesis Title: Altering pre-lambing nutrition to impact colostrum and milk production in ewes, immunity transfer and growth of lambs
 
Deborah Magee      School of Nursing, Paramedicine and Healthcare
Principal Supervisor: Aspro Marguerite Bramble
Thesis Title: The evaluation of a pilot peer mentor project for first year undergraduate nursing students:  A Participatory Action Research study


Published anything lately?
If you have recently had an article published we would love to hear about it!

Congratulations to Helenna Mihailou who has just had her second publication from her PhD research. 

Mihailou, H., Nimmo, D.G. & Massaro, M. 'Feral ungulate and macropod responses to resource scarcity and predation risk at savanna waterholes'. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 76, 23 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00265-022-03134-4

Helenna is in the last stages of her PhD and will be submitting her thesis for examination in May this year. Her PhD project is on “The impacts of feral ungulate visitation to ephemeral savannah waterholes and their flow-on effects for native bird and mammal fauna”. She lives in the Northern Territory in the middle of a large National Park (Limmen National Park).
Expectations Alignment and Communications Plan
If you are just starting out on your Graduate Research journey you will hopefully be aware of the requirement to complete and Expectations Alignment and Communications Plan (EACP) with you supervisory team.  Completing and submitting your EACP is a probation milestone but it is also an important part of helping you to build a great relationship with your supervisors.
By working through the EACP template with your supervisors you will be able to:
  • check off all the things that you need to be clear about,
  • ensure that your expectations and your supervisors' are aligned,
  • clarify how, when and why you will meet with your supervisors,
  • clarify what to expect in relation to feedback on your writing, and
  • clarify what your supervisors expect from you. 
This may seem obvious but having mismatched expectations can lead to poor communication, frustration and disappointment. The relationship you have with your supervisory team will play a huge part in ensuring you have a successful research journey. 
Even if you aren't just starting out, the start of a new academic year is a great time to review and revise your expectations and make sure you are all on the same page. 
You can find the EACP template HERE
REACH P2P mentoring now open to students in all faculties!

What is the REACH P2P program ?
The REACH P2P is a peer-to-peer mentoring program designed to provide new Graduate Research candidates with a mentor or guide in the early stages of their candidature, to promote a feeling of belonging, and to create opportunities for all Graduate Research candidates to engage with their fellow students.

In August 2021 the Research Professional Development team, in partnership with CSU Mentoring (Division of Student Success), launched a pilot of a new peer-to-peer mentoring program for Graduate Research candidates in the Faculty of Arts and Education.  The pilot has included a process of feedback and review and a few modifications to the program.

We are now opening the program across all faculties and calling for expressions of interest from mentors and mentees.

Mentoring is a rewarding two-way process.
For the mentee it will:
  • help to overcome a sense of isolation and disconnectedness that can be experienced, especially early on in the candidature, and promote a sense of belonging;
  • help you ‘to find your way’ and to normalise the experiences and challenges of the Graduate Research journey;
  • develop your confidence and improve your overall Graduate Research experience; and
  • help you to grow your own network with other Graduate Research candidates, faculty staff members, researchers.
For the mentor it will help you:
  • develop confidence in the skills you are developing for your own research or career;
  • to build interpersonal relationships, communication and leadership skills; and
  • create networks that are key to any successful research career.  
It is not intended that a mentor would provide specific academic writing or research guidance or advice or replace the supervisory team.  

Who are the Mentors?
REACH Mentors are Graduate Research candidates ideally in the 2nd or 3rd year of their candidature and must have completed probation. 
 I am very, very happy to be involved. I am enjoying the opportunity and challenges to be a mentor and am sorry that this sort of thing wasn't available five years ago. It would have made the world of difference. (Mentor, 2021)

Who are the Mentees?
Mentees are new candidates in the first 6-12 months of their candidature. 
It is so wonderful to have someone you can ask all those questions that come up between meetings with supervisors. It's lovely to have that connection. (Mentee, 2021)

Ready to find out more?
Expressions of interest and details for the Session 1 program ( intake closes 18 March)
How about sharing your research story on community radio?

The Researcher Development team are very excited to be working with the team at our CSU community radio station 2MCE to produce a monthly program featuring our the research stories of our graduate research candidates. Each month we will feature two interviews where researchers will be able to share there 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.
DocFest22  Graduate Research Conference - now calling for ABSTRACTS
 

Graduate Research Conference
Monday 23- Friday 27 May 2022

'Beyond the Doctoral Degree'

The programme for this year's conference is now finalised and we have a terrific line up of keynote speakers and discussion panels, a publishing workshop and lots of opportunities for you to present your research. 
You can find all the details about sessions and how to register on our webpage, but mark your diaries now! 

Monday 23 May - 12:00 - 5:00 pm (Followed by 3MT Heats from 5:00-7:00)
Tuesday 24 May - 3:00 - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 25 May (Faculty Day) 9:30 - 5:00
Thursday 26 May - 12:00 - 6:00 pm (3MT Heats from 2:00-4:00)
Friday 27 May - 12:00 - 4:00 pm (Followed by 3MT Heats 4:00 - 6:00 if needed)

Here's a little glimpse of what's on offer

Keynote Speakers

Dr Michelle JamiesonWell-being as a long- term commitment over the course of one's career
Prof Nick HopwoodHow research can, and must, change the world

Dr Susie Miles and Dr Nicholas Merton: Access to being a leader

Prof Cecile Badenhorst; Where the writing begins: research conceptualisation

Ken Mahon: Bridging the gap between academia and industry

Dr Miri (Margaret) RavenIndigenous protocols: understanding what can and can't be done

 
You can read more about our Keynote Speakers HERE.

Publishing Workshop with Prof Ron Adams

Getting published in peer-reviewed journals*

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.
*There will be separate registration for this session

Call for Abstracts
We are now calling for abstracts for short and long papers, presentations and e-posters in five themed sessions:
  1. Communication & dissemination
  2. Methodologies and research practice
  3. Well-being and self-management
  4. Networks and collaborations
  5. First Nations research
Full details and guidelines for submissions HERE

LGBTIQA+ Awareness And Ally Network Training Plan Jan-June 2022
Charles Sturt University's Ally Network was established in 2014. Since this time, the Ally Network has contributed to:

  • Charles Sturt's Institutional Support for Marriage Equality;
  • Marking and celebrating key dates of significance to the LGBTIQA+ community;
  • Sponsoring and participating in regional LGBTIQA+ events;
  • Permanent signs of visibility on campus; and
  • Continued advocacy and advancement of inclusion for LGBTIQA+ staff and students.

The Charles Sturt Ally Network is an informal visible network of students and staff who are identified Allies to the LGBTIQA+ community. Our Allies are spread across the campus footprint of the University, including academic and professional staff, and students. Allies share a range of backgrounds and expertise.
Allies are not experts; they are individuals who strongly support making Charles Sturt University an environment where all members can safely work and study free of harassment or discrimination. Allies are able to provide a safe and confidential environment for people to make enquiries regarding issues related to matters of sexual diversity and gender identity; act as a point of contact and provide a safe place for students and staff to seek support; and provide information when required, and refer appropriately.
For a full list of Allies, please visit this webpage.

All staff and students at Charles Sturt will be encouraged to undertake sex, sexuality and gender diversity awareness training - LGBTIQA+ Awareness. For those staff and students who want to become Allies, they will need to attend an additional training session before their status as Charles Sturt Allies is confirmed - Empowering Allies.
If you are interested in undertaking this training please use the links below to register.

Please reach out if you have any questions or need clarification to Nicholas at nsteepe@csu.edu.au

Training Date Time Registration information
       
LGBTIQA+ Awareness Tuesday 22nd March 2022 10:00am-11:30am https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/239741281627
Empowering Allies Tuesday 22nd March 2022 1:00pm-2:30pm https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/239743698857
LGBTIQA+ Awareness Wednesday 13th April 2022 10:00am-11:30am https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/239746416987
Empowering Allies Wednesday 13th April 2022 1:00pm-2:30pm https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/239746527317
LGBTIQA+ Awareness Friday 6th May 2022 10:00am-11:30am https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/239746808157
Empowering Allies Friday 6th May 2022 1:00pm-2:30pm https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/239747058907
LGBTIQA+ Awareness Thursday 16th June 2022 10:00am-11:30am https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/239747409957
Empowering Allies Thursday 16th June 2022 1:00pm-2:30pm https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/239747440047
Can we help you?
The HDR journey is a long and often challenging one and we are ready to support you along the way. Please reach out if we can help you. As well as your supervisors or Sub-Dean (Graduate Studies) there are several places you can go for help or support during your studies.  
Professional 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

7th Mar 2022    Reading with Purpose
Academic reading often requires you to actively engage with and critically think about the information you read. (Pre-) Reading strategies are a helpful way to make sense of information and manage lengthy texts, unfamiliar terminology and difficult concepts. This workshop will provide you with practical strategies to help you read with purpose and frame how you interpret and use the information for your research study through effective note-taking. Rather than reading passively, join this workshop to make reading easier, encourage you to ask questions and draw connections to existing knowledge. Learning Outcomes recognise their purpose for reading, understand the structure of the reading, understand and practice pre-reading strategies e.g. skimming and predicting, make effective notes from a reading.  Presenter:  Monique Shephard.  1400-1600 AEST, 2 hrs.
 
8th Mar 2022    Accessing ABS Data and other important Datasets
Gain practical knowledge regarding how to access ABS data and data from other important data sets and learn more about the CSU support services available to you in this endeavour.  Presenter:  Gail Fuller, SPAN.  90 mins, 1300-1430 AEST)

 8th Mar 2022    Writing Bootcamp (live link)
A welcoming writing group for anyone who wishes to allocate specific writing time, in a supportive 'on-line' group environment. Participants say they find these meetings useful to: make research writing more focused, efficient or effective protect or allocate specific time for research writing, creating an obligatory practice, away from distractions and in a supportive group, build a sense of community around writing to help overcome procrastination and increase motivation. See you there.  (1000-1600 AEST)

9th Mar 2022    Writing Problem Purpose Statements
How can we set up a research project that is well conceptualized? Conceptualizing research involves making many complex decisions about what to include and what to leave out. In this workshop, we will use a specific technique, the Problem Purpose Statement and Questions (PPS&Q), to help us find focus and clarity.  Any researcher can benefit from these techniques, whether you are in the beginning stages of your project or further along.  (2hrs, 0900-1100 AEST).  Presenter - Cecile Badenhorst, Memorial University. Cecile Badenhorst MA (UBC), PhD (Queen’s) is a Professor in the Adult Education/Post-Secondary program, Faculty of Education, at Memorial University. She conducts research in the areas of doctoral education, doctoral writing, graduate writing, thesis/publication writing pedagogies, academic literacies and faculty writing, and engages in arts-based and post-qualitative research methodologies.
 
9th Mar 2022    Reading the Literature Critically
Critical reading is an active way of reading. It allows deeper and more complex engagement with a text through a process of describing, analysing, interpreting and evaluating. This workshop will help you read critically and articulate critical views on the literature using reflexive techniques. We will discuss different modes of critical reading and how these differ across disciplines and research approaches. If you are looking for opportunities to develop best practice when it comes to critical reading strategies, this workshop is for you. Presenter: Monique Shephard.  2hrs, 1400-1600 AEST.

9th Mar 2022    Learning to balance self-discipline with self-kindness
This workshop focuses on how you relate to your work and yourself, especially in regard to practices of self-discipline and self-kindness. As high achievers, researchers typically work hard and expect a lot of themselves. While having a strong work ethic and high expectations can motivate us to reach our goals, they can also be hindering if we're inflexible, unrealistic, or push too hard in the face of difficulties. When self-discipline is not tempered with self-kindness, it often leads to unhelpful habits - such as self-criticism, comparison, perfectionism and overwork - which diminish our productivity and ability to enjoy our research. How do you treat yourself, and speak to yourself, when you work. How do you react to criticism and praise? And what feelings dominate your experience of doing research - tension, stress, ease, engagement, interest? Together, we discuss some of the common difficulties that contribute to imbalance among high achievers, and explore strategies for cultivating self-compassion, mental rest and greater pleasure in one's work.1230-1500 AEST Limited to 25 participants. Presenter - Michelle Jamieson
 
10th Mar 2022  The Art of Interviewing
Interviews are commonly used in qualitative research, but often done okay rather than brilliantly. This workshop takes a stance that interviewing is about creating conditions for a rich process of joint meaning-making. The workshop will be highly practical, giving participants opportunities to experience diverse techniques, including approaches that focus on getting into details of practices, those that create a magical effect through use of a third thing, and those that enhance sensory engagement. Expect to interview, be interviewed, and to be alert to the use of effective probes. Preparation for the workshop: choose an object that relates to your research and have it ready to show others (or share a relevant image online); choose an object with a particular smell / aroma to have close by for part of the workshop (3hrs, 1000-1300 AEST) Presenter - Nick Hopwood. University of Technology Sydney.

10th Mar 2022  Using Databases Effectively - Australian focus
Are you looking for Australian research or want to use Australian resources?  This session will show you the best databases to use and when to use them.60 minutes, 0930-1030 AEST  Presenters - Division of Library Services
 
15th Mar 2022  Critical Writing
One of the most important aspects of research and academic work is the ability to think critically about what you read, what you write and what you are told. A common mistake some writers make is to assume that everything they read is true. However, you need to form your own judgements, promote your argument and persuade your audience through your writing. This workshop covers key features of critical writing and presents practical strategies to improve your own planning and writing process. It discusses critical thinking as a tool for improved decision making and presentation of evidence for your argument to better persuade the audience. Presenter: Monique Shephard.  2 hrs, 1000-1200 AEST.
 
15th Mar 2022  Planning Surveys and Designing Questionnaires: Part 1
This three part integrated workshop is designed to introduce the processes and steps involved in planning a survey and creating a questionnaire that effectively gathers the data you need to satisfy your research questions. It will cover question and questionnaire design and type, population size, choice and how to connect, testing and redesign, data collection and storage, what works and what doesn't over the entire process, what support is available.Day 1: Aims of the workshop; Terms and definitions; Planning a survey; Populations, sample sizes and frames; Modes of data collection.(2hrs, 1300-1500 AEST)You will need to register separately for parts 2 & 3.Presenter - Gail Fuller, SPAN
 
16th Mar 2022  Planning Surveys and Designing Questionnaires: Part 2 of 3
This three part integrated workshop is designed to introduce the processes and steps involved in planning a survey and creating a questionnaire that effectively gathers the data you need to satisfy your research questions. It will cover question and questionnaire design and type, population size, choice and how to connect, testing and redesign, data collection and storage, what works and what doesn't over the entire process, what support is available.Part 2:  Different types of questions; and questionnaire design.(2hrs, 1300-1500 AEST)You will need to register separately for part 3.Presenter - Gail Fuller, SPAN

17th Mar 2022  Planning Surveys and Designing Questionnaires: Part 3
This three part integrated workshop is designed to introduce the processes and steps involved in planning a survey and creating a questionnaire that effectively gathers the data you need to satisfy your research questions. It will cover question and questionnaire design and type, population size, choice and how to connect, testing and redesign, data collection and storage, what works and what doesn't over the entire process, what support is available.Part 3:  Testing, SurveyMonkey, Data and Support (2hrs, 1300-1500 AEST)Presenter - Gail Fuller, SPAN

17th Mar 2022  Getting Started with EndNote
Are you starting your literature review, and want to organise your references? This session will cover setting up your EndNote Library, using EndNote with Word and other tips and tricks. Mac users note – although the session will be run on a Windows computer, you are welcome to come along.  Presenter:  Library Services.  (60 mins, 1400-1500)

17th Mar 2022  3MT Competition - What is it all about?
The idea is pretty simple: you have three minutes to explain your research and its importance or relevance, with only a single static image or slide to illustrate what you’re talking about. Past finalists share why they wanted to enter 3MT; 'I wanted to clearly explain the purpose of my thesis to those not in the area in a succinct and interesting way.' 'I wanted a chance to practice showcasing my research before my thesis defence.' 'I think what I am researching is very important, and I want others to share in my enthusiasm.' 'I wanted to challenge myself and get experience to improve my presentation skills'.' I learned I’m more capable and confident at public speaking than I had thought.' 'It’s a great opportunity to see what other graduate students are working on!'In this workshop we explore what the 3MT competition is all about. We watch videos of 3MT winners and learn about the competition timeline, rules, judging criteria and participation process. We share the coaching and training support available to you which will really help hone your presentation and the skills you need to create a winning presentation. Come along and find out what 3MT is all about.  Presenters:  Emmaline Lear & Monique Shephard.  2 hrs, 1000-1200 AEST
 
18th Mar 2022  How to correctly define the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of your invention
Technology Readiness Levels are a methodology developed by NASA in the 1970s to enable consistent, uniform discussions of technical maturity across different technologies. This webinar will discuss why TRL is a useful indicator for funders, investors and other potential partners, will help you to understand how to identify where your research innovation sits within the TRL framework, and what the timescale and costs can realistically be in moving an innovation up the TRL scale.  Presented by Campus +.  60 mins, 1200-1300 AEST.

18th Mar 2022  How to correctly define the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of your invention
Technology Readiness Levels are a methodology developed by NASA in the 1970s to enable consistent, uniform discussions of technical maturity across different technologies. This webinar will discuss why TRL is a useful indicator for funders, investors and other potential partners, will help you to understand how to identify where your research innovation sits within the TRL framework, and what the timescale and costs can realistically be in moving an innovation up the TRL scale.  Presented by Campus +.  60 mins, 1200-1300 AEST.

21st Mar 2022   Structuring Your Literature Review – Part 1 of 2
This 2-part workshop will provide an introduction to the purpose of the literature review and the key stages in developing your literature review structure. It covers a range of practical strategies for identifying the gap, organising and categorising ideas, and developing a suitable structure for your literature review chapter (or literature review section of your Research Proposal). We will review real examples of literature reviews: Please bring an example literature review from your own discipline to discuss. Participants need to register separately for each workshop. Presenter: Monique Shephard. 2 hrs, 1400-1600 AEST.

23rd Mar 2022  The PhD Challenge
Participants will get the opportunity to learn how to:Problem-solve difficult situations: ask for and accept support , deal with feedback, deal with frustrations and set-backs, work co-operatively in a team. This program provides practical skills and applies them to successfully completing a PhD.  It draws on an outdoor learning/problem solving approach with a series of activities which represent parts of the PhD journey. Course participants are allocated into teams and undertake various challenges and following each activity, there is a full debrief that relates to the PhD experience.(3hrs, 1000-1300 AEST) Limited to 25 participants Presenter - Hugh Kearns, IThinkwell

23rd Mar 2022  Structuring Your Literature Review – Part 2 of 2
This second part of the workshop will provide an introduction to the purpose of the literature review and the key stages in developing your literature review structure. It covers a range of practical strategies for identifying the gap, organising and categorising ideas, and developing a suitable structure for your literature review chapter (or literature review section of your Research Proposal). We will review real examples of literature reviews: Please bring an example literature review from your own discipline to discuss. Presenter:  Monique Shephard.  2hrs, 1400-1600 AEST.

25th Mar 2022  How to develop effective and successful strategic partnerships
In this workshop we look at how a current collaboration can be turned into a long term, mutually beneficial strategic partnership.  *Lifecycle of Strategic Partnerships * Initiating Strategic Partnerships *Key questions for companies *What Business goals drive your University partnerships? *Value Propositions *Strategic Partnership canvas *Nurturing and managing partnerships *Building resilience.  Presented by Campus +.  60 mins. 1200-1300 AEST

29th Mar 2022  Literature review using EndNote & NVivo
With your new skills with Nvivo, you can now learn how to use EndNote and Nvivo to manage and write your literature review.  You can import EndNote data into Nvivo and you can cite details from your Nvivo analysis.60 mins, 0930-1030 AESTPresenter

29th Mar 2022  Working with the Media to raise awareness about your research (1)
Researchers often ask: How do I work with media confidently? How do I capture public interest? What aspects of my project should I focus on? Talking with the media about your research may seem daunting, but it can really help to increase awareness of your work and raise your profile as a researcher. Whether you are being interviewed for a newspaper, radio or television, giving a conference presentation, writing a blog, or tweeting or posting on Facebook, you need to be strategic in how, why, what and when you publicise your work. The Comms Doctor is presenting 3 hands-on sessions - (register for each separately)Day 1: Getting the basics – why work with the media; what makes a good research story; using social media: finding support. (2 hrs, 1000-1200) Day 2: Planning your message – developing your plan; writing for the media, writing opinion pieces. (2 hrs, 1000-1200) Day 3: Delivering your message – prepare for and deliver an interview (radio and/or TV); receive feedback and plan the next steps. (3 hrs, 1000-1300).

29th Mar 2022  3MT Competition - A panel of finalists share their experience
Join previous winners from Charles Sturt University and Australian National University and hear about their experiences in preparing for and participating in the 3MT competition. You’ll have the opportunity to hear discussions as they reflect on the benefits of the competition, both personally and professionally. This session is a great opportunity to hear all about individual experiences, directly from ‘the horse’s mouth’ and ask the questions you've always wanted to know about 3MT.  Presenter:  Panel.  2 hours, 1200-1400 AEST.

30th Mar 2022  Working with the Media to raise awareness about your research (2)
Researchers often ask: How do I work with media confidently? How do I capture public interest? What aspects of my project should I focus on? Talking with the media about your research may seem daunting, but it can really help to increase awareness of your work and raise your profile as a researcher. Whether you are being interviewed for a newspaper, radio or television, giving a conference presentation, writing a blog, or tweeting or posting on Facebook, you need to be strategic in how, why, what and when you publicise your work. The Comms Doctor is presenting 3 hands-on sessions - (register for each separately).  Day 1: Getting the basics – why work with the media; what makes a good research story; using social media: finding support. (2 hrs, 1000-1200).  Day 2: Planning your message – developing your plan; writing for the media, writing opinion pieces. (2 hrs, 1000-1200).  Day 3: Delivering your message – prepare for and deliver an interview (radio and/or TV); receive feedback and plan the next steps. (3 hrs, 1000-1300).

31st Mar 2022   Working with the Media to raise awareness about your research (3)
Researchers often ask: How do I work with media confidently? How do I capture public interest? What aspects of my project should I focus on? Talking with the media about your research may seem daunting, but it can really help to increase awareness of your work and raise your profile as a researcher. Whether you are being interviewed for a newspaper, radio or television, giving a conference presentation, writing a blog, or tweeting or posting on Facebook, you need to be strategic in how, why, what and when you publicise your work. The Comms Doctor is presenting 3 hands-on sessions - (register for each separately).  Day 1: Getting the basics – why work with the media; what makes a good research story; using social media: finding support. (2 hrs, 1000-1200).  Day 2: Planning your message – developing your plan; writing for the media, writing opinion pieces. (2 hrs, 1000-1200).  Day 3: Delivering your message – prepare for and deliver an interview (radio and/or TV); receive feedback and plan the next steps. (3 hrs, 1000-1300).

 
Three-minute thesis is back!
What is 3MT?
The Three-minute thesis competition or (3MT), is held in over 900 universities across more than 85 countries worldwide. The Asian Pacific competition is hosted annually by University of Queensland.
Each year thousands of PhD candidates from across the world, including from our own Charles Sturt University, come together to explain to a non-expert audience in plain language the premise of their research in just three minutes with one PowerPoint slide! 
Full competition rules and judging criteria can be found here.
You can find out more about the 2021 3MT@CSU here

What are the benefits of entering?
There are many testimonials from students about the value of participating in the 3MT that you can watch here
But here are just a few of the good reasons to enter:
  • Helps you to refine and define your research
  • Helps you to articulate your research and its value clearly and succinctly to a lay audience
  • Helps you to build confidence as a presenter and to engage an audience
Who should enter?
  • Active PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone by the date of their heat are eligible
  • The 3MT competition doesn’t require entrants to talk about results, so even if you’re in the early stages of candidature you can still enter
  • Candidates who currently have a thesis under examination are eligible
3MT@CSU heats will be held as part of DocFest22 from Monday 23 - Friday 27 May. 
Full details about training and resources and help in planning your pitch HERE


ENTRIES CLOSE 22 APRIL

Industry Mentorship opportunities
We are excited to announce that from 2022 Charles Sturt will be joining the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) program which will provide opportunities for our leading Graduate Research candidates and early career researchers (ECR) to participate in this award-winning national program.
The IMNIS program is a 12 month mentoring program in which the mentee is matched with a high level industry leader in a mentoring relationship. The program also includes professional development and networking opportunities and recruits mentees in the following priority ares:
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Agriculture
  • Digital Futures
  • Energy Resources & Renewables
  • Health Technologies
  • Minerals & METS
  • Water Resources
in 2022 Charles Sturt will be offering places for a limited number of Graduate Research candidates and ECRs in a merit-based Expression of Interest (EOI) process. 

You can find out more about the IMNIS program and its past mentors and mentees HERE

 
Interested in applying?
Full details, and information for applicants will be available soon. 
EOIs open Monday 7 Feb and close COB Friday 18 March  
New PhD Internships now open to applicants

Australian Postgraduate Research Intern (APR.Intern) connects PhD students with industry through short-term 3-6 month internships. These opportunities empower students to thrive in a practical research environment and for businesses to innovate and be future-ready.
APR.Intern is Australia’s only not-for-profit PhD internship program that spans across all sectors, disciplines and universities and are supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training.
Bridging the gap between industry and academia, APR.Intern helps to create a level playing field for all PhD students — in particular, women and underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) including regional, Indigenous and disadvantaged students.
Find all currently available internships HERE 

FAQs
Is there any remuneration?

Yes, there is $3000 monthly stipend for the duration of the internship.
How will it impact on your PhD candidature?
If you successfully apply for an internship you have a number of options around how to manage your candidature.
  • Take one session of leave from your HDR programme. During this time, you will be enrolled in a ‘shell subject’ to ensure your enrolment with the university continues;
  • Move from full-time to part-time study: or
  • Undertake an internship during the examination period or other 'down' time during your candidature.
Can International students participate?
Yes, these are internships and are not considered to be ‘work’ and as such do not impact on visa restrictions.
I’m interested. What’s next?
Go to the APR.Intern website and see all of the current opportunities available.  Discuss your interest with your supervisor. Submit your application.

Read this interview with a Charles Sturt PhD candidate, Deb Metcalf, about her experience doing and internship with APR.Intern.


 
Are you looking to connect with other HDR candidates? 

Feeling isolate, disconnected, not sure if you are even on the right track?
HDR Connect
might be just what you are looking for! 
HDR Connect is a meeting place for all Higher Degree by Research (HDR) and Honours students. We  catch up fortnightly via zoom and chat about anything research related. Some folks share how they are going, what they are up to, some share their wins and wisdom, some seek advice on a challenge, and some join in just to know they are not alone in their journey. Some are regulars, some drop in when they want to, everyone is welcome, any-time. We look forward to connecting with you.  (60 minutes, every second Thursday  1800-1900 AEST)

Meetings will resume in March. Please check the Research PD Calendar for session links. 

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