Ruebena Dawes, The University of Sydney
AMSIConnect is an exclusive national conference held at The University of Melbourne for AMSI Summer Research Scholars near the completion of their projects. The two-day conference gives SRS students the opportunity to present their summer research findings to their peers and academic supervisors, participate in a careers session and to build their national networks.
Scholars who reside outside of Melbourne will be provided with travel and accommodation for AMSIConnect (terms and conditions apply).
Academic supervisors are invited to join their AMSI Summer Research Scholars for AMSIConnect.
Please note: participation at AMSIConnect for the full duration of the event is compulsory and a condition of accepting an AMSI Summer Research Scholarship.
Each student will be allocated 20 minutes in the conference program and should prepare a 15-minute presentation of their research. The remaining five minutes are for the chair to introduce the speaker, a short question-and-answer session and presentation changeover time. This is a highly valuable exercise, which provides a platform to practise presenting within a professional conference capacity.
If you’re unsure about what content is appropriate for your presentation, speak to your academic supervisor about how to structure and convey your research in a professional and engaging capacity.
A prize is awarded each year to the best presenter(s) as voted by the audience.
AMSIConnect provides students with an opportunity to network, engage in debate and conversation, and delve deeper into the research performed over the summer.
Outside of academic pursuits, the AMSIConnect program includes icebreakers and social events, guest presentations providing insights into life as a PhD student and life as a researcher, as well as a careers session.
Travel and Accommodation is provided for AMSI Summer Research Scholarship recipients (who reside outside of Melbourne) to attend AMSIConnect in Melbourne, Victoria.
AMSI will coordinate, book and pay for return economy airfares to Melbourne for interstate scholars completing their project at a university outside of Victoria, or return train travel for scholars living in regional Victoria. Interstate and regional scholars will stay at an on-campus student college at the University of Melbourne.
On acceptance into the SRS program, scholars will be asked to complete a form and provide key information for AMSI to coordinate travel and accommodation bookings, including accessibility and dietary requirements.
Note: SRS students will be responsible for any additional costs associated with changing travel arrangements after booking confirmation is provide by AMSI.
This program outline is a guide only and subject to change. Times listed are AEDT.
|Wednesday 7 February|
|Afternoon||Interstate students arrive in Melbourne|
|6.30pm||Conference dinner at Queen’s College|
|CONFERENCE DAY 1 — Thursday 8 February|
|9.50am||Guest speaker: Life as a Researcher|
|10.20am||Guest speaker: Life as a PhD Student|
|CONFERENCE DAY 2 — Friday 9 February|
|1.00pm||Guest speaker: Careers|
|1.40pm||AMSIConnect wrap-up & prize announcements|