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February 27, 2021, 04:55:19 pm

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Re: University General Chat
« Reply #60 on: January 26, 2021, 08:00:44 pm »
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Hi friends! I hope you're all having a great day

I just have a question about ways to get involved with science communication whilst at uni. For the longest time I have been super interested in the way that scientists such as Brian Cox, Neil DeGrass Tyson, Stephen Hawking, etc., get involved with the broader, non-scientific community (either through public lectures, documentaries, publications...), but I never knew what that was called. I recently discovered that what they were doing was known as science communication; specifically, science outreach.
I am also super interested in the world of academia, research and science inreach, but I also think that science outreach would be awesome to pursue alongside research. I was just wondering how I could get involved whilst at uni (at any stage - undergrad or postgrad). So far, at UQ I have found: Leadership and Mentoring Program in Science (LaMPS) and the Science Leaders Academy. LaMPS is recommended for first-years but because of my busy schedule this year I am thinking of doing it second year instead, and subsequently I will look into the Science Leaders Academy for third year.

Other than these, I don't really know of any other ways to start getting involved in/learn about science communication. I did get the name of the staff member who may be able to help point me in the right direction, but I was wondering if anyone in the AN community knew of any organisations or programs outside of uni that could help :)
Thanks!
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Re: University General Chat
« Reply #61 on: January 26, 2021, 08:34:03 pm »
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My course is pretty heavily focused on science communication so I thought I'd better chip in.


With the guides you've made etc. you're already doing science communication,  albeit in a different form.

Some people from my course started this sci comm competition called Let's Torque which also includes workshops etc. It is based in Vic but this year they ran virtually/online. If you're interested and finding it hard to get info I can find things it for you - just let me know.

There should be opportunities at your uni for undergrads to present research they have done - science faculty should advertise any they run,  science clubs/societies should also advertise relevant events they have with this.


There's a bunch of online info as well on things like storytelling & speakership. Also don't discount the value of getting even unrelated communication practice. E.g. having already done competitive public speaking was a major advantage for me once we started doing sci comm speeches in 1st year. 

You are likely to have presentation assessments.  Sometimes you can tailor these to be good practice/experience too.

If you have any specific questions lmk :)


edit: world science festival is held in Queensland!

That would be great to get involved with :)
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Re: University General Chat
« Reply #62 on: January 26, 2021, 08:57:59 pm »
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Some people from my course started this sci comm competition called Let's Torque which also includes workshops etc. It is based in Vic but this year they ran virtually/online. If you're interested and finding it hard to get info I can find things it for you - just let me know.

Thats so cool! I love the name ahaha ;D

There should be opportunities at your uni for undergrads to present research they have done - science faculty should advertise any they run,  science clubs/societies should also advertise relevant events they have with this.

Yeah definitely! I think in the honours year we present our research or something which should be interesting. I've started to look into some of the science societies, e.g. the suitably named physics society - PAIN, and the Women in Science society. So I'm hoping that they will offer some cool opportunities. I've also looked into the UN club and they do mock UN meeting things and I really enjoy public speaking so I think I would find that interesting and also a great way to help improve my communication skills :)

You are likely to have presentation assessments.  Sometimes you can tailor these to be good practice/experience too.

I totally agree! I am, oddly enough, kind of looking forward to the presentation assessments. I always had a lot of fun with them in high school :)
I'm actually quite bummed though because UQ used to have an undergraduate level course in science communication, but they haven't run it since 2014. So that's a shame. They also had a postgraduate course for science communication which they also no longer run. BUT, I did manage to find one postgrad course in research communication which covers both science inreach and outreach. So I'll definitely have a look into that.

If you have any specific questions lmk :)

Thank you so much for the response! I'll definitely have to keep an eye out for events run by different clubs and societies, as well as any ways to get involved online :)
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Re: University General Chat
« Reply #63 on: January 27, 2021, 02:42:41 pm »
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Hi friends! I hope you're all having a great day

I just have a question about ways to get involved with science communication whilst at uni. For the longest time I have been super interested in the way that scientists such as Brian Cox, Neil DeGrass Tyson, Stephen Hawking, etc., get involved with the broader, non-scientific community (either through public lectures, documentaries, publications...), but I never knew what that was called. I recently discovered that what they were doing was known as science communication; specifically, science outreach.
I am also super interested in the world of academia, research and science inreach, but I also think that science outreach would be awesome to pursue alongside research. I was just wondering how I could get involved whilst at uni (at any stage - undergrad or postgrad). So far, at UQ I have found: Leadership and Mentoring Program in Science (LaMPS) and the Science Leaders Academy. LaMPS is recommended for first-years but because of my busy schedule this year I am thinking of doing it second year instead, and subsequently I will look into the Science Leaders Academy for third year.

Other than these, I don't really know of any other ways to start getting involved in/learn about science communication. I did get the name of the staff member who may be able to help point me in the right direction, but I was wondering if anyone in the AN community knew of any organisations or programs outside of uni that could help :)
Thanks!
Katelyn

I'm not super involved in science so I'm not sure how good this is, but I saw a volunteering callout for "pint of science" on my facebook feed which seems relevant:

https://pintofscience.com.au/roles

"Pint of Science Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation with the goal to increase science appreciation among the Australian people. Our annual festival not only serves as a way to bridge the gap between science research and the Australian public, but also as a medium for researchers to practice science communication and for volunteers to further develop skills that can facilitate their career progression. "
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Re: University General Chat
« Reply #64 on: January 27, 2021, 03:58:50 pm »
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I'm not super involved in science so I'm not sure how good this is, but I saw a volunteering callout for "pint of science" on my facebook feed which seems relevant:

https://pintofscience.com.au/roles

"Pint of Science Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation with the goal to increase science appreciation among the Australian people. Our annual festival not only serves as a way to bridge the gap between science research and the Australian public, but also as a medium for researchers to practice science communication and for volunteers to further develop skills that can facilitate their career progression. "

^ I haven't heard much about this but only positive things

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Re: University General Chat
« Reply #65 on: January 27, 2021, 05:36:29 pm »
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I'm not super involved in science so I'm not sure how good this is, but I saw a volunteering callout for "pint of science" on my facebook feed which seems relevant:

https://pintofscience.com.au/roles

"Pint of Science Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation with the goal to increase science appreciation among the Australian people. Our annual festival not only serves as a way to bridge the gap between science research and the Australian public, but also as a medium for researchers to practice science communication and for volunteers to further develop skills that can facilitate their career progression. "

Thank you!!! This sounds awesome  ;D
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Re: University General Chat
« Reply #66 on: January 27, 2021, 07:22:56 pm »
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I'm not super involved in science so I'm not sure how good this is, but I saw a volunteering callout for "pint of science" on my facebook feed which seems relevant:

https://pintofscience.com.au/roles

"Pint of Science Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation with the goal to increase science appreciation among the Australian people. Our annual festival not only serves as a way to bridge the gap between science research and the Australian public, but also as a medium for researchers to practice science communication and for volunteers to further develop skills that can facilitate their career progression. "
I went to a Pint event in 2019, and definitely recommend it, if you have the time to go watch and/or volunteer 😊
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Re: University General Chat
« Reply #67 on: January 28, 2021, 03:53:19 pm »
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Cheeky double but also unrelated - heard that VU are opting for their City Queen students to not return for at least first block.

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Re: University General Chat
« Reply #68 on: February 02, 2021, 11:32:10 am »
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I'm in a little confused spot, I want to study medicine in the future but I'm currently enrolled in a bachelor of science at Monash uni which was my first round offer. Although, I have just received my 2nd round offer which is biomedicine at la trobe. Is it better to stay at monash and possibly try to transfer to biomedicine in 2nd year or accept my 2nd round offer to la trobe?

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Re: University General Chat
« Reply #69 on: February 02, 2021, 05:59:48 pm »
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I'm in a little confused spot, I want to study medicine in the future but I'm currently enrolled in a bachelor of science at Monash uni which was my first round offer. Although, I have just received my 2nd round offer which is biomedicine at la trobe. Is it better to stay at monash and possibly try to transfer to biomedicine in 2nd year or accept my 2nd round offer to la trobe?
This is up to you.

Some questions you should ask yourself:
1. Is Biomed what you would rather study?
2. Is La Trobe closer to where you live or is Monash? (Convenience can be a huge thing when you consider how much time you swallow by commuting and multiply that by 3 years. It adds up real quick!)
3. Will Biomed at LaTrobe cover all requirements for postgrad med?
4. Are you intending to transfer to Monash Biomed in second year if you take LaTrobe Biomed?

Pros of LaTrobe Biomed:
- more human based biology (more specialist earlier on vs. Science)

Cons of LaTrobe Biomed:
- canít take Monash postgrad med (they only take Monash graduates) i.e. one less opportunity

Neutral points of LaTrobe Biomed:
- not a lot of choice in your units vs Science
- smaller cohort
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Re: University General Chat
« Reply #70 on: February 03, 2021, 12:28:19 pm »
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This is up to you.

Some questions you should ask yourself:
1. Is Biomed what you would rather study?
2. Is La Trobe closer to where you live or is Monash? (Convenience can be a huge thing when you consider how much time you swallow by commuting and multiply that by 3 years. It adds up real quick!)
3. Will Biomed at LaTrobe cover all requirements for postgrad med?
4. Are you intending to transfer to Monash Biomed in second year if you take LaTrobe Biomed?

Pros of LaTrobe Biomed:
- more human based biology (more specialist earlier on vs. Science)

Cons of LaTrobe Biomed:
- canít take Monash postgrad med (they only take Monash graduates) i.e. one less opportunity

Neutral points of LaTrobe Biomed:
- not a lot of choice in your units vs Science
- smaller cohort

Ok Thanks! I think im going to stay at Monash as i'm already in my prefered uni and can still get into med from my course.

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Re: University General Chat
« Reply #71 on: February 08, 2021, 07:27:47 pm »
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Hey,

Today I learned that there is referencing software out there for journal articles (I'm probably the last to find out haha). One of these is Mendeley Cite. If you login with your uni email, you can reference journal articles based on the DOI and create a bibliography. :)

Is it the lifesaver it seems to be?

Thanks! :)





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Re: University General Chat
« Reply #72 on: February 08, 2021, 07:34:51 pm »
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Hey,

Is Mendeley Cite the lifesaver it seems to be for assignments?

Thanks! :)

Hey Im21074,

I would be more than happy to confirm that Mendeley Cite is 100% a legit lifesaver! Iíve been using it since Year 11 and it has saved my butt so many times so I would definitely recommend it!

Hopefully that helps!

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« Reply #73 on: February 08, 2021, 07:44:40 pm »
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Hey,

Today I learned that there is referencing software out there for journal articles (I'm probably the last to find out haha). One of these is Mendeley Cite. If you login with your uni email, you can reference journal articles based on the DOI and create a bibliography. :)

Is it the lifesaver it seems to be?

Thanks! :)







I used to use a referencing website but now I usually reference by hand as it ends up being about the same speed anyway & not all referencing styles are available unless you're willing to do it yourself :)

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Re: University General Chat
« Reply #74 on: February 08, 2021, 08:29:43 pm »
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Today I learned that there is referencing software out there for journal articles (I'm probably the last to find out haha). One of these is Mendeley Cite. If you login with your uni email, you can reference journal articles based on the DOI and create a bibliography. :)

Is it the lifesaver it seems to be?

I recommend Zotero if people can't access Mendeley! Free, doesn't need an account, and has a Word plugin.

I can reference manually pretty quickly in a handful of styles, but Zotero was a lifesaver for my thesis. As with all bib software, you need to double check your reference list and citations by hand as they can sometimes be entirely incorrect. Having a base knowledge of how to do them manually will make it easier to recognise when the automatically generated ones are wrong (whether it's formatting or entire paper details).
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