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Summer Research Scholarships with ACPIR

Summer Research Scholarship 

The ACPIR Summer Research Scholarship (ACPIR SRS) program provides an opportunity for undergraduate, including honours, students to be part of a research team and participate in research. It extends ACPIR’s culture of mentoring to undergraduate students, through a tiered mentoring approach from ACPIR academic project leaders and postgraduates (HDR students and post docs). Through the program, students will have increased exposure to research as a career pathway and an opportunity to learn about the research process, be involved in a project, network with other researchers, postgraduate peers and professionals, and start to develop a research track record. Research skills are transferable, making this experience useful, even for those who may not decide to pursue research as a career option.

The program is run over the summer starting in December and recommencing after the Christmas holiday break. There is flexibility in the days/times that the student can work, negotiated at the start of the program.

Undergraduate students in the program are paid a stipend of $3,000 in instalments over the 8-week program. They will be mentored by an academic supervisor from ACPIR and also a postgraduate peer throughout the ACPIR-SRS program to help develop research skills, personal skills, and career planning, and are encouraged to work with the project team in contributing to a publication/other output as a named author.

ACPIR postgraduate mentors will receive a stipend of $2,000.

Scholarship recipients and project teams for 2021-2022:

  • Developing a tool to assess school food environments in the Pacific Islands 

Monica Smith and Claudia Pettersen, mentored by Bridget Horsey (HDR candidate) and Dr Sarah Burkhart (ACPIR Project Leader).

  • Construction of a dataset documenting pearl exports from Papua New Guinea

Edward Hay, co-mentored by postgraduates Dr Thane Militz and Nittya Simard (HDR candidate) and Prof Paul Southgate (ACPIR Project Leader).

  • Evaluation of the PAC24: an innovative online dietary assessment tool designed for Pacific Island countries

Amy Mills and Briana Fahey, mentored by Courtney Anderson (HDR candidate) and Dr Libby Swanepoel (ACPIR supervisor Project Leader).