Research Student Ambassadors

Research Student Ambassadors are current Monash PhD candidates at the Faculty of Education. We are here to create a rich and supportive community for current and prospective graduate students. We organise a variety of social events such as campus tours, yoga classes, movie nights, weekly gatherings (CFG meeting) and writing retreats. We also assist students through emails and social media.

The Research Ambassador's role is to:

  • facilitate the orientation and smooth transition to the Faculty for new research students
  • coordinate engaging social and academic events for research students
  • be the Faculty's Ambassadors at events such as Open Day

If you are interested, you can become a student ambassador too.

Our Research Ambassadors

The Research Ambassadors come from a variety of disciplines, have valuable multi-cultural awareness and are from different social and language backgrounds.

Do you have any questions, comments, concerns or future ideas for our team? Strike up a conversation with us in person at one of our events or contact us directly through our individual email addresses.


Nastaran Khoshsabk (Nasi)


Nastaran Khoshsabk

Contact email

Program/Level

TESOL, Translation, Sociolinguistics, Digital Education, 3rd year of PhD

Home town

Mashhad, Iran

Prior education

Bachelor of English/Persian Translation, Master of English Language Teaching (TESOL/TEFL)

Career

I worked as an English Language Translator and Teacher, IELTS Instructor, University Lecturer, English Department’s Supervisor and Theatre Actress prior to coming to Monash University. Currently I am working as a Teaching Associate at the Faculty of Education and as an ELICOS Teacher at Monash College, English Language Centre (Clayton).

See my LinkedIn profile.

Hobbies/Interests

I love traveling, social work, going to the gym, bushwalking and bike riding.

Why Monash?

Monash is a welcoming campus community where it is easy to fit in and make new friends. Monash is ranked amongst the world's most prestigious universities and the Faculty of Education has a strong international reputation. By choosing Monash, you can be sure you have taken your first step to a successful career.



Md Khairul Islam


Md Khairul Islam

Contact email

Program/Level

Human rights education in formal schooling, 2nd year of Phd

Home town

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Prior education

MA In Global And International Citizenship Education, University Of York, Uk.

Master Of Education (Social Science), Bachelor Of Education (Honours), University Of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Career

Assistant Professor (On Study Leave), Institute Of Education And Research, University Of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Awarded British Government Scholarship For Ma In Education, 2012, Uk. Awarded An Australian Government Scholarship (Endeavour Scholarship) For Phd Study In 2015 At Monash University, Australia.

Hobbies/Interests

Travelling, reading and writing novels.

Why Monash?

I chose Monash University because it is ranked and highly reputed among the top universities in the world. The faculty of education in the university is a very friendly, supportive and cooperative. Overall Monash has a beautiful environment!



Misol Kim


Misol Kim

Contact email

Program/Level

Environmental and Sustainability Education, 3rd year of PhD

Home town

Yangsan, South Korea (I have also lived in Sweden for 6 years)

Prior education

B. E. Environmental Engineering, MSc. Sustainable Development, MSc. Entrepreneurship

Career

I worked as a yoga instructor, and worked for a variety of education for sustainability projects at Climate Change Centre (South Korea), UNESCO (Germany) and Uppsala University (Sweden) prior to coming to Monash University. Currently I am working as a teaching associate and research assistant at the Faculty.

See my LinkedIn profile.

Hobbies/Interests

Korean yoga, swimming, traveling, bushwalking and board games.

Why Monash?

I came to Monash because I wanted to study my PhD with my current supervisors at Monash. There is no regret studying here because University is very supportive to students.



Cuong Hoang


Cuong Hoang

Contact email

Program/Level

Academic Development & Global Knowledge, 3rd year of PhD

Home town

Lang Son, Vietnam

Prior education

Bachelor of Science: Major in Language Teaching, MA in Language Teaching and Learning

Career

Please see my Academia profile.

Hobbies/Interests

Swimming

Why Monash?

I chose Monash because it is one of the most prestigious universities in Australia. The university provides its students with many opportunities to develop their profession.



Elahe Shakhsi Dastgahian


Contact email

Program/Level

TESOL, Secondary Education, 3rd year of PhD

Home town

Mashhad, Iran

Prior education

BA. TEFL, MA in General Linguistics

Career

Please see my LinkedIn profile.

Hobbies/Interests

Travelling, shopping, watching movies and jogging.

Why Monash?

I chose Monash University because it is ranked among the top universities in the world. The Faculty of Education in the university is a very friendly, supportive and encouraging environment. You never feel you are alone!



Linh Nguyen


Linh Nguyen

Contact email

Program/Level

Sociology of Education, Language Education, Translation and Interpreting, 3rd year of PhD

Home town

Ha Noi, Vietnam

Prior education

Bachelor of Arts (Honours, Translation and Interpreting), Vietnam National University Master of Arts (Linguistics), Dalarna University, Sweden

Career

I am working primarily on my PhD research on education policy in universities, and also as a Grammar Facilitator at English Connect, Monash University.

Prior to Monash, I worked extensively in higher education, the publishing industry, translation and interpreting. My Vietnamese translations of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, and John Green’s Paper Towns have been published.

I speak Vietnamese and English; and understand basic French and Mandarin Chinese.

See my LinkedIn profile.

Hobbies/Interests

Reading, gardening, trekking, Australian ice cream and Vietnamese coffee. My favourite theorist is Pierre Bourdieu, favourite author Andy Griffiths, favourite singer Kim Jae Joong.

Why Monash?

Because here in Monash, my thoughts are challenged, my passion is encouraged, I am more myself. And because here in the Faculty of Education, I may sometimes stumble and fall, but I know that I can always thrive to learn more, that I am cared for, well advised and guided. In that way, I am becoming a better person.



Mohammad Haider


Mohammad Haider

Contact email

Program/Level

TESOL, PhD/Final Year

Home town

Dhaka, Bangladesh

I speak Bangla and English

Prior education

Masters in English Literature
Masters in Education (TESOL)

Career

I am an English language Teacher and Teacher Trainer in Bangladesh and I work for the Ministry of Education Bangladesh. I love teaching, training and writing instructional materials for learners of English as a foreign/second language. My areas of interest include language, society and culture, language curriculum and assessment, teacher development and professional identity.

See my LinkedIn profile.

About me

I am a friendly person with a conscientious mind and earnest spirit. I have always been eager to take up voluntary work as opportunities to develop my communication, management and leadership skills as well as to enjoy the company of the people I work with. Other than volunteering, I love travelling extensively to enjoy the bounteous beauty of nature and to interact with people from a diverse cultural background.

Why Monash?

I fell in love with Monash some 15 years ago when I came here first to do my masters. I am strongly motivated by believing the Monash motto ‘anchora imparo’ which means “I am still learning”. Monash, indeed, is the place that guides my journey through the realm of ongoing learning.

My favourite quote

Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles.

- Charlie Chaplin



Amarpreet Kaur


Amarpreet Kaur

Contact email

Program/Level

Domestic Violence, Indian-Australian women, Education, 1st year of PhD

Prior education

Bachelor of Science (Physiology major), Master of Secondary Teaching, Graduate Certificate of Educational Research

Career

I am primarily working towards my Doctorate to successfully complete all the required milestones while teaching as a Casual Relief Teacher at different schools for Science, Mathematics and Biology. Prior to beginning my research degree, I was working as a casual relief teacher as well as tutoring and mentoring high school students and marking NAPLAN and GCSE exams for Pearson.

Hobbies/Interests

I love reading, walking, exercising, listening to music and going to concerts.

Why Monash?

Starting at Monash in 2012 for my Bachelor degree was my first step and I have been at Monash ever since. I have been able to experience different stages of my academic journey at Monash and have grown as an individual as well as a learner. Doing a Doctorate at Monash is the best opportunity I could have received to realise my academic potential while being surrounded by highly qualified academics and a friendly cohort of HDR students.