July 27, 2022, by Lisa Chin
Graduate School Bulletin, August 2022
Bulletin Issue 05/22 (41)
The needs of the postgraduate and early career researcher community are at the heart of what we do at the Graduate School.
Read on for all the latest news from us.
News and guidance
Recipients announced: UNM PhD Scholarship
At the Graduate School, we are committed to empowering your postgraduate journey and research ambition. Our scholarship enables us to contribute towards a broad and diverse research environment that fosters both mature and emergent disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research.
We are pleased to announce that our UNM PhD Scholarship has been awarded to the following well-deserving students. The inaugural scholarship offers full tuition fee waiver for the three years of our PhD programme.
Lee Yee Thung, School of Psychology
Wong Xiu Wei, School of English
Chung Jia Yiing, Division of Organisational & Applied Psychology
Jiang Qian, School of Education
Wong King Fei, Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering
Anussya S Jayasimhan, School of Education
The applications went through a rigorous review and assessment process by our Research Scholarship Management Panel, together with a designated multi-disciplinary panel consisted of academics from engineering, science and social sciences.
Call for abstracts: UNM Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher Conference
Our inaugural UNM Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Conference is scheduled for 29 & 30 November 2022. The aim of this conference is to bring together research scholars from multiple disciplines to share their research work towards nurturing impactful research for the future.
Among the activities in this conference are keynote speeches, PhD colloquiums, postgraduate research and journal publication workshops. Best paper presenters will be given cash rewards and certificates while accepted extended abstracts will be published as conference proceeding with ISBN number.
Reassignment of space: Learning Hub
The Learning Hub (H1B12a) in our Postgraduate Hub has been temporarily redesignated as an office for our Postgraduate Research (PGR) Operations team.
Nevertheless, the Social Space (H1B14) remains available for our PhD students. It has plenty of comfy sofas with coffee tables which makes it a relaxing spot to take a breather from your studies or hang out with your peers. It is also equipped with 3 group study spaces for small group meeting which can also be used as individual study spaces.
Events and activities
Tuesday 16 August 2022, 10am, Great Hall
All staff and students are welcome to join us at our 3MT® Live! to support our postgraduate research students and hear about how their research could change the world!
Our postgraduate research students from a range of disciplines will present their research in an exciting and engaging way, in just three minutes! They will be competing for the top prize and a spot in our tri-campus 3MT® competition, and potentially represent the University at the Universitas 21 (U21) Final.
What is it all about?
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, in which doctoral researchers have just three minutes to deliver an engaging presentation on their thesis topic, its originality and its significance. The competition is now held at about 600 universities in 65 countries and counting.
Research Supervisor Series
The University is committed to developing and maintaining the highest standards in doctoral supervision. This series of seminars and talks is aimed at University staff involved in research supervision of masters and doctoral students. They cover topics that are essential for Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) requirements* and also have been highlighted by supervisors as areas where they would like more advice and practice-sharing opportunities.
*All postgraduate research (PGR) supervisors (main and co) are expected to attend at least two supervisory training offered by the Graduate School.
Attracting and appointing strong doctoral candidates
Friday 26 August 2022, 10am – 12nn
Online via MS Teams
by Dr Kean Wah Lee, Associate Professor at the School of Education
Attracting and appointing the ideal doctoral candidate is essential to a successful and rewarding partnership (between supervisor and doctoral candidate). This session will explore the strategies and approaches for attracting, selecting and appointing high calibre doctoral applicants.
Training and Development
Researcher Development Proramme (RDP)
Find out more about our training and development provision for postgraduate students.
Applying for jobs and preparing for job interview
Tuesday 2 August 2022, 10am – 12nn, H1B13 & MS Teams
This course will get you thinking about your career development and show you how to improve your chances of landing a job.
Creative and critical thinking
Wednesday 10 August 2022, 10am – 12nn, H1B13 & MS Teams
This course will explore how to associate creative thinking with problem solving and develop critical thinking.
Planning research and time management
Wednesday 24 August 2022, 10am – 12nn, H1B13 & MS Teams
This course will support the development of good time management and enable students to plan their research development more efficiently.
Wednesday 3 August 2022, 2pm – 4pm, H1B13
Thursday 11 August 2022, 10am – 12nn, H1B13
3MT® participants are strongly encouraged to attend as many feedback sessions to better prepare yourself for the competition. The purpose of these sessions is to provide advice and guidance on how to better structure and communicate your research work/communication to a non-expert audience.
On our blog
Socialising and networking through our Coffee & Cake session
After a two-year hiatus caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, our signature social event for postgraduate students is back. The first session was held on Friday 24 June 2022. It provided a direct, meaningful interaction among the postgraduate students across faculties with our members of staff.
On other blogs
Writing for and presenting in conference
Capturing the abstract: what are conference abstracts and what are they for?
In this post, Dr James Burford and Dr Emily F Henderson of the University of Warwick review some of the advice that is out there on how to write a conference abstract.
“… by reviewing other (very useful) ‘how to’ advice on producing abstracts, we have tried to move to a more analytical stance on the functions of abstracts, which we hope will be of use to abstract writers as well as academic developers and doctoral supervisors.”
Flip your presentation format
In this post, Professor Pat Thomson of the University of Nottingham, UK writes about how best to organise what we have to present and say in a conference.
“It’s helpful to think about a conference presentation as being a story – a very particular form of narrative – it’s a tale you are going to tell an actual live audience about your work. So how does the story go?”
Empowering your postgraduate and research ambition
Look out for our next issue of newsletter next month!