2016 APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED.

The UQ Summer Research Program is coordinated by the UQ Advantage Office (UQAO), in conjunction with the Science Faculty, and provides students with an opportunity to engage in formal research projects over the summer semester. By participating in the program, students gain valuable academic and professional skills, develop links with industry and academic contacts, and are able to test drive research before embarking on further research studies or higher degree research projects. Research scholars receive a scholarship for the duration of the program. Allocation of the scholarships is decided by the faculty, school, research centre or institute where the research is undertaken. The UQ Summer Research Scholarship Program is offered by a number of UQ Schools, Research Centres and Institutes during the summer vacation period (mid-November to mid-February).

Broad requirements for the Faculty of Science Summer Research Scholarships are listed below:

  • Preference will be given to students enrolled in a Faculty of Science program.
  • Students with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of less than 5.5 are not likely to be successful.
  • Preference will be given to students who are further along in their studies.
  • Prior recipients of Summer Research Scholarships are not eligible to apply (excluding BAdvSc(Hons) students, who may apply for a second Scholarship).

Conditions specific to undergraduate students are listed below:

  • Applicants (excluding BAdvSc(Hons) students) must have completed a minimum of #16 units (one year of full-time study or equivalent) at time of application.
  • All Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) students are invited to apply.

Conditions specific to postgraduate students are listed below:

  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of #2 units (or equivalent) at time of application.
  • GPA will be calculated on a combination of undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

Applications made by students who do not fulfil the above conditions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Project List

The project list will be updated as more projects become available. Please contact the project supervisor if you have any enquiries directly related to the project. All other enquiries are to be directed to Faculty of Science Student Administration at enquire@science.uq.edu.au.

See here for the Application form.  Applications are to be submitted by 11.59pm on 31 August 2016. 

Guidelines for 2016-2017
 
Scholarships are also available through numerous Research Centres and Institutes, see this link for details: www.uq.edu.au/uqadvantage/summer-research. If you choose to undertake your research at one of these Centres/ Institutes, please submit your scholarship application to that Centre/Institute. 

What is the UQ Summer Research Scholarship Program?

The UQ Summer Research Program is coordinated by the Student Engagement Team in the UQ Advantage Office (UQAO) in conjunction with UQ research units, and provides an opportunity for scholars to work with a researcher in a formal research environment in their area of interest at UQ. By participating in the program scholars will gain valuable academic and professional skills, have an opportunity to develop links with industry and academic contacts, and can test drive research before embarking on further research studies or higher degree research projects.
Projects are available for between 6-8 weeks over the summer break (from mid- November to mid-February).

Who is eligible?

Broad requirements for the Faculty of Science Summer Research Scholarships are listed below:

  • Preference will be given to students enrolled in a Faculty of Science program.
  • Students with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of less than 5.5 are not likely to be successful.
  • Preference will be given to students who are further along in their studies.
  • Prior recipients of Summer Research Scholarships are not eligible to apply (BAdvSc(Hons) students may apply for a second Scholarship). 

Conditions specific to undergraduate students are listed below:

  • Applicants (excluding BAdvSc(Hons) students) must have completed a minimum of #16 units (one year of full-time study or equivalent) at time of application.
  • All Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) students are invited to apply.

 Conditions specific to postgraduate students are listed below:

  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of #2 units (or equivalent) at time of application.
  • GPA will be calculated on a combination of undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

Applications made by students who do not fulfil the above conditions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Where can I undertake my research?

The UQ Summer Research Scholarship Program is offered by a number of Schools, Research Centres and Institutes during the summer vacation period (mid-November to mid-February).

You can find a list of the Schools and Centres that form part of the Faculty of Science here: http://www.science.uq.edu.au/schools-centres

Why participate in the program?

Undergraduate research at UQ provides:

  • An opportunity to develop new skills and enhance employability.
  • Access to research networks and connections with other staff and postgraduate students.
  • Supervision by outstanding researchers.
  • Access to world class facilities and experiences that you may not have otherwise been exposed to.
  • The possibility of obtaining credit towards your degree. Please note that not all study areas will offer the summer program for credit. Recognition towards degree requirements is also subject to the degree rules and structure of your program. Students should refer to specific study area for further information.
  • Scholars who qualify for a Summer Research Scholarship will receive funding equivalent to $300 per week, paid jointly by the UQAO and the participating Faculty, School, Centre or Institute. The funding is not normally paid during periods away from the University, such as during the Christmas break. This allowance may be paid fortnightly, or as one or more lump sums, as determined by your research unit.
  • If a scholarship recipient withdraws from the program, their scholarship and travel grant (if applicable) will need to be returned in full. Confirmation of student eligibility and coordination of all payments will be made by the research units.

What will be my time commitment and obligations?

Scholars are expected to participate in an ongoing research project or to undertake a substantial piece of supervised research work. The period of eligibility for scholarship payments is up to 8 weeks, generally commencing in mid-November and concluding in mid-February. The research period is normally broken into two parts to allow for the Christmas break when the University is closed.

It is expected that scholars will work a minimum of 20 hours per week for at least six weeks. Please note that some positions require scholars to work on a full-time basis (up to 36 hours per week), and the expected workload is set by each research unit.

Where appropriate to the project, additional discipline/project specific obligations may also be required, such as training in research safety and ethics. Please refer to specific research unit for further details. When offers are made, the contact officers will provide scholars with details of the starting dates and expected workload.

The scholar and the supervisor are able to negotiate the duration of the project and the workload requirements. Please refer to specific study area for further details.

How can I apply for the UQ Summer Research Scholarship Program?

To apply, students need to: 

  1. Choose a project from the list of available projects.
  2. Liaise with the contact officer and/or supervisor in the relevant research unit before submitting an online application to obtain more information about project availability and suitability.
  3. Gain tentative supervisor approval for involvement in the nominated project and submit this with your application. Students should be made aware that supervisor approval for the purpose of application is tentative and not binding. It does not imply success of scholarship application, nor guarantee a place in the program, or in any particular project. 

Will I receive credit towards undergraduate degree requirements?

Science students may be eligible to enrol in an appropriate research project course, according to their discipline (see the list below). To enrol in one of these courses, permission must be obtained from the appropriate School according to discipline. Students will generally be required to submit an application including project and supervisor details. Each course has its own application form which can be found on the course profile or by contacting the appropriate school. Non-UQ students may be eligible to enrol in one of these courses for credit to their home institute by first completing a cross-institutional study application.

  • SCIE3013 Special Project
  • SCIE3210 Research Topic in Geographical Science
  • SCIE3241 Special Project in Biology
  • SCIE3251 Introduction to Research in Mathematics/Physics
  • SCIE3260 Introduction to Research in Chemistry, Biochemistry & Microbiology (A)
  • SCIE3261 Introduction to Research in Chemistry, Biochemistry & Microbiology (B)  

 

Do I need health or travel insurance?

All UQ Summer Research scholars should note that they will only be covered by the University’s public liability insurance to the extent that an accident occurs at the University for which the University is at fault.

Scholars who are required to travel to Brisbane to participate in the program are advised to take out an appropriate travel insurance policy to be covered against any travel risks. International and New Zealand citizens in visiting Australia, are encouraged to have a travel insurance policy before they arrive. Medical and hospital insurance associated with travel insurance can be arranged before leaving home, or obtained from Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) after arrival in Brisbane. Proof of cover may be required. For more information: www.uq.edu.au/international/get-health-cover 

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