The School of Biological Sciences has a large and dynamic postgraduate community with students drawn from a wide range of nationalities, cultures, and backgrounds. This creates a productive scientific environment as well as an active social atmosphere. Through a range of academic events and social activities, our PhD program and community of post-graduates encourage friendly interaction, collaboration, respectful debate, and scientific excellence.
The School of Biological Sciences offers postgrads numerous opportunities to present their findings and discuss their research interests. Within the department, joint discussion groups help facilitate academic debate outside of each individuals’ own research group. As part of our schools Seminar Series, postgrads host lunch with our world-class invited speakers, enabling quality time with visiting researchers. Once a year, a Postgraduate Student Conference is held to showcase the interesting and diverse research of our postgrads, with the plenary speaker chosen by the students themselves. Presenting at international conferences is also encouraged and travel grants are available to help students attend their conference of choice.
A vibrant postgrad community helps create a warm and welcoming social environment, whether you are a student from the local area, or someone who is visiting Monash from afar. With help from the elected postgraduate committee, the School supports a range of social activities including weekly social evening, the yearly camping trip, trivia and movie nights. More details can be found on the communities Facebook page.