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The Australian National University

Summer research scholar program

Come to the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science and enjoy 8-12 weeks of study on an exciting research project. Take advantage of the chance to work with some of the world's leading engineers and computer scientists at ANU and NICTA and you will also receive:

  • full-board accommodation at an approved ANU accommodation provider
  • a weekly allowance
  • return travel to Canberra.

The ANU Summer Research Scholarships are offered each year to third year (or outstanding second year) undergraduate students who are currently enrolled at universities in Australia and New Zealand and are interested in pursuing an Honours program or a higher degree by research. Under some circumstances, other students who have been accepted into an ANU higher degree starting the following year, may be eligible to apply.

Closing date for applications: 31 August.

Professor Bob Williamson, previously Chair of the College Research Committee says: "The summer scholar program is an ideal opportunity for you to try your hand at research if you are thinking of possibly studying for a PhD. There are two key decisions you need to make - your choice of supervisor, and the project. The projects are grouped and described within our research themes below.

You should do your homework on your supervisor - look up their home page; look up the papers they have written and the impact they have had (Google Scholar). Think about your supervisor as a mentor, not only for their academic credentials, but also for what they can bring to you in terms of life skills and their other interests. You can learn a lot from a homepage!

If you are in to 'do-it-yourself' and have an idea for a research project, then you can create your own. You will need to be knowledgeable and creative, and capable of independent thought - all the attributes that make good researchers - to convince us that your project is worth pursuing. Again, do your homework first; check out the researcher as your potential supervisor by looking up their home page and discovering their research interests before preparing your one page proposal. And make sure you present a high-quality, well written proposal. A summer scholarship with one of our world class researchers will be of enormous value to you in a future research career.

Whether you choose an exisiting project, or create your own, I wish you the best of luck!"


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