Summer Research Program Scholarships
The Faculty of Engineering Summer Research Program is a great opportunity for coursework students to gain hands-on experience working in engineering research. For 12 weeks over the summer break, participants are paid a scholarship to work on a research project under the supervision of a Monash University academic.
The Summer Research Program aims to provide participants with:
- Experience working in depth on an area of research
- Research and academic skills that can be applied to a future career or studies
- An insight into what a career in engineering research might look like
Zijue participated in a Summer Research project with the potential to improve people’s lives, working on 3D printed artificial fingers. Motivated by the benefits to people in need of cheap and easy-to-make 3D printed artificial fingers, Zijue drew inspiration from moveable pulleys. There were no direct referents as no similar designs existed. The Summer Research Program was just the beginning of Zijue’s work and promising career with artificial fingers and robotics research.
“It was such a good experiment that I decided to continue this study as my Final Year Project, and I am now completing my PhD, working on an agriculture apple picking robot with a vision system.”
Zijue Chen, Mechanical Engineering PhD student.
Faculty of Engineering Program
Over the 12 weeks of the program, participants work with an academic on a research project. Alongside this, students will also attend a series of sessions teaching research skills and be given information about the engineering research community.
Throughout the program, participant have the opportunity to present their research to their peers and academics, including oral presentations and a poster conference.
Participants will receive a scholarship of $400 per week. Students from outside the Melbourne metropolitan area will be given supplementary funding to cover return travel to Melbourne and additional living costs.
The Faculty’s Summer Research Program is a proven pathway into our graduate research degrees with many of our participants later enrolling in a graduate research degree at Monash University.