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Graduate research students

Current news and notices for students

CECS Researcher through to ANU 3MT finals.

The CECS 3MT competition was held at 2pm on August 28th in the RSISE Seminar Rm (Building 115), with students from both Research Schools competing. All the topics presented were engaging and well received by the enthusiastic audience, and the expert judging panel (Mark Reid, Adi Chopra and Marina Lobastov) had to think long and hard. The margin in the end was very small but there could be only one winner on the occasion – Kiara Bruggeman from the Research School of Engineering, who was also the winner of the People's Choice Award. Narjess Afzaly (Computer Science) was the runner-up in the College Final.

As College winner, Kiara received a $1000 research support grant, and the opportunity to go on to represent the college in the ANU finals on 17 September 2014.

Kiara also came second in the ANU Open Day practice event (held only two days after the college event), collecting a further $500 in winnings!

If you missed the ANU 3MT finals, or want to replay what you saw on the nigh, you can watch here.

HDR Induction Sessions

The most recent HDR Induction session for new students was held on 21 August 2014. For more information see the Engineering and Computer Science Induction page.


HDR contacts

You should direct all queries to your school HDR administrator in the first instance.

Forms and templates

You must complete the appropriate form or template for many administrative and academic processes within the University. In general it is your responsibility to ensure that any forms or templates submitted have been signed by yourself and by your panel chair (where required) before being submitted to your school HDR administrator.

HDR milestones

It is a University requirement for all HDR students to submit regular reporting milestones. They are integral to ensuring that you maintain satisfactory progress, and alert us to any issues that may arise and which may hinder progress towards completing your thesis. You can find relevant PhD monitoring templates here.

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Personal support and guidance

Student advisors

The student advisor program aims to help you with any problems which affect your study. If you do have concerns please feel free to contact one of the academics in the program. All discussions are confidential and informal.

Student mentors

The student mentor scheme aims to help new research students during the first six months of their program. Mentoring is available to all students but it is expected that all International students arriving direct from overseas will be assigned a mentor.

Student associations

There are many different student-driven associations on campus for socialising, networking and support.

Other support

Dean's travel grants

This grant enables currently enrolled PhD students to spend a period of up to three months undertaking research as an intern at an overseas institution. Grants are for a maximum value of $15,000.

ANU travel grants

Apply for funding support to assist with travel related to your research.

Rules and guidelines

It is important that you become familiar with University rules, policies and guidelines that are likely to affect you as a graduate research student.

Useful reading material

Material here has been gathered from students and staff. If you would like to add anything please email the HDR student team.

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

This code discusses issues like research misconduct, record keeping, how to publish and proper authorship, how to conduct effective peer review, and how to manage conflicts of interest. You must be familiar with these guidelines.

Advice on thesis writing
How to have a bad career in research/academia (PDF)
Ten simple rules for... (best research, getting published, oral presentations, getting grants, etc.) by Philip E. Bourne et al. (PDF).
Poster-Perfect. This article gives some great tips on preparing posters. It is by Edyta Zielinska and it appeared in the August 31, 2011 Careers issue of The Scientist.
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