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.

Deya Chakraborty


Deya Chakraborty

Contact email

Program/Level

Inquiry in Science Education, PhD (1st year)

Home town

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Prior education

Master of Education (Science, Mathematics and Technology Education), Bachelor of Education (Honours), Institute of Education and Research (IER), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Additional degree: Diploma in French Language, Institute of Modern Languages (IML), University of Dhaka.

Career

Research Associate: (November,2016 - June,2017).

Awarded full scholarship (MGS and MITS) for pursuing my PhD in 2017.

“Anima Rani Shaha Memorial Gold Medal 2014” for achieving the highest CGPA (3.98) in undergraduate level.

See my LinkedIn profile.

Hobbies/Interests

Reading, travelling, watching movies and learning languages.

Why Monash?

The reputation of Monash University is well recognized in the world. Furthermore, Monash University supports to the students in every possible way, which is truly commendable. Through the diverse group of faculty, Monash provides an opportunity to grow in the midst of the best minds in the world. I have loved my journey since I have been here.

Nasser Almutairi


Nasser Almutairi

Contact email

Program/Level

Gifted Education Policies and Practices, 2nd year of PhD

Home town

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Prior education

Master of Giftedness and Talent

Career

See my LinkedIn profile.

Hobbies/Interests

Reading, travelling and horse riding.

Why Monash?

Choosing Monash gave my file a strong chance to obtain a scholarship and complete my study when I applied for that from the Saudi Ministry of Education. That's because of the good reputation that Monash University possesses.

Zhaobin Dong


Zhaobin Dong

Contact email

Program/Level

Student experience of higher education, 1st year of PhD

Home town

Tianjin, China

Prior education

Bachelor of English Literature, Master of TESOL

Career

I’m working as a Chinese (Mandarin) language teacher and an ELOCOS teacher in Melbourne.

See my LinkedIn profile.

Hobbies/Interests

I love outside running, making coffee and travelling.

Why Monash?

Monash was where my masters completed, I was impressed by the supportive environment and easy-reached facilities in Monash.

Jacky-Lou Maestre


Jacky-Lou Maestre

Contact email

Program/Level

PhD in Education (first year)

Home town

Davao City, Philippines

Prior education

Bachelor of Industrial Technology- Technology Teacher Education, Major in Electronics Technology, University of Southeastern Philippines, Davao City, Philippines

Master in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Monash University, Clayton Campus

Career

Primary school teacher, Ateneo de Davao University, Grade School Department

Part-time instructor, Ateneo de Davao University, College Department

Awarded Monash International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (MIPRS) and Monash Graduate Excellence Scholarship (MGE)- 2 April 2018- July 2021

Awarded Australia Awards Scholarship- Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (January 2014- December 2015)

Deans’ Award for Academic Excellence – Post Graduate (June 2016)

See my LinkedIn profile.

Hobbies/Interests

Travelling, watching movies,  playing basketball and volleyball.

Why Monash?

I chose Monash University because it’s a  world-class university that offers great opportunities for students. There are  many activities that maximise students’ full potential and leadership  abilities. Monash University does not focus where you come from but where  you’re heading to. I love how diverse the student community is. Also, the  Faculty of Education has a very supportive faculty and staff. I’m blessed to be  a Monash University student!

Fatema Taj Johora


Fatema Taj Johora

Contact email

Program/Level

Inclusion in Early Childhood Education, 3rd year, PhD

Home town

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Prior education

Master of Education (Special Education), Bachelor in Education.

Career

Lecturer (on study leave), Institute of Educational Development, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

I have also worked as a casual research assistant and a teaching associate at Monash University.

Hobbies/Interests

Watching movies, enjoy coffee and cultural diversity.

Why Monash?

My previous experience of studying in Australia as well as living experience highly motivated me to choose Australian University for my PhD journey. Monash is one of the best universities in Australia leading Education Subject. Why not Monash U….?!

Md Khairul Islam


Md Khairul Islam

Contact email

Program/Level

Human rights education in formal schooling, 3rd 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!

Linh Nguyen


Linh Nguyen

Contact email

Program/Level

Sociology of Education, Language Education, Translation and Interpreting, 4th 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.

Amarpreet Kaur


Amarpreet Kaur

Contact email

Program/Level

Domestic Violence, Indian-Australian women, Education, 2nd 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.