Research student community

Monash Education Research Community

Monash Education Research Community (MERC) is a friendly peer support community for research students in the Faculty of Education.

As a community, we run academic and social events, as well as informal gatherings where research students can discuss their research ideas with their peers. Members enjoy opportunities to forster relationships with other researchers.

MERC student representatives (i.e. Convenors) formally advocate on behalf of the research students at the faculty's Research Committee and Research Degrees Committee.

"The Faculty recognises and values the unique role MERC plays in supporting our HDR students and we are proud of the contribution it makes to our research community."

Professor John Loughran, The Dean


While membership is optional, we highly recommend it for all new research students to join (including students enrolled in Honours, Masters by research and PhD programs).

Please join us on (Closed group).

"I'm delighted to be asked to provide a word of welcome on the MERC webpage. One of my fondest memories of doctoral education is the support and intellectual stimulation I received from like-minded peers when studying. Doing doctoral studies can be very isolating and the support and care offered by MERC is a crucial part of turning your studies into a positive and vibrant experience.... Enjoy your studies and remember that at Graduate Research we are always keen to hear your views and very much welcome your feedback. See the full message...

Associate Professor Jane Wilkinson
(Associate Dean Graduate Research, 2017)

MERC activities

  • Annual MERC conference (where research students can present their work-in-progress in a supportive environment). Please register here for the 2019 MERC Conference.
  • Academic seminars (attendance is free, but bookings are required)
  • Social events (such as Multicultural Night and End of Year celebration party)
  • Brain and Grain monthly breakfast

Contact MERC convenors

Current MERC convenors

  • Tanya Stephenson
  • Pashew Nuri
  • Tasnim Sammak
  • Samran Daneshfar
  • Jacky-Lou Maestre
  • Danielle Hradsky
  • Yi Hou