Choosing & Being Chosen:

Postgraduate Program:        

Scholarships/Awards:

  Which postgraduate program? Principal Advisor Scholarships & Awards (Postgraduate)
  Why be a postgraduate at IMB? Associate Advisor(s) IMB Research Advancement Award (2017)
  How do I select an IMB postgraduate advisor? Advisory Team IMB CSC Postgraduate Award (2017)
  How do I select an IMB postgraduate project? Candidature Committee IMB Entrepreneur Training Award (2017)
  Am I eligible/competitive for postgraduate study? Milestones IMB Winter School Award (2017)
  How do I apply to be an IMB postgraduate candidate? Thesis Examination  
  What are the obligations of an IMB PhD candidate?    
 

IMB Expression of Interest (EOI):

Extra Advice:

Reports (PDF):

  How to submit an IMB EOI Typical Living Expenses IMB Annual Report (2015)
  IMB Postgraduate EOI Form (PDF) UQ Graduate School - Future Student FAQ  IMB Research Training Guide (2017)
    UQ Disability Services  

         

Choosing & Being Chosen:

IMB Supported Honours Programs:

Scholarships/Awards:

  What is an Honours degree? School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB)  IMB Honours Scholarship (2017)
  Why do Honours at IMB? School of Biomedical Sciences (SBMS)  
  How do I select an IMB Honours advisor? School of Biological Sciences (SBS)  
  How do I select an IMB Honours project? School of Public Health (SPH)  
  Am I eligible/competitive for IMB Honours? School of Medicine (SOM)  
  How do I apply to do Honours at IMB?    
 

IMB Expression of Interest (EOI):

Extra Advice:

Reports:

  How to submit an IMB EOI Typical Living Expenses IMB Annual Report (2015)
  IMB Honours EOI Form (PDF)   IMB Research Training Guide (2017)
       

         

Traineeship Research Opportunities:

Scholarships/Awards:

  UQ Undergraduate Coursework Research Projects IMB Summer/Winter Traineeship Award (2017)
  UQ Undergraduate Summer Research Program IMB Director's Award for Research Traineeship (2017)
  UQ Undergraduate Winter Research Program Typical Living Expenses
  UQ Undergraduate Advanced Study Program in Science  
  UQ Masters by Coursework Research Project  
  Occupational Traineeships  
 

IMB Expression of Interest (EOI)

Reports (PDF)

  How to submit an EOI IMB Annual Report (2015)
  IMB Masters by Coursework EOI Form (PDF) IMB Research Training Guide (2017)
  IMB Occupational Trainee EOI Form (PDF)  
  IMB Undergraduate EOI Form (PDF)  
 
                

Postgraduate Program:

Postgraduate Progress:

Postgraduate Administration:  

  Enrolment & Induction  Milestone 1: Confirmation Pebbles Junior
  Working with a Principal Advisor Milestone 2: Mid-Candidature Review IMB Postgraduate Coordinator
  Working with an Associate Advisor(s) Milestone 3: Thesis Review  IMB RHD Committee
  Working with an Advisory Team   IMB Postgraduate Office
  Working with a Candidature Committee   UQ Graduate School
 

Postgraduate Examination:

Postgraduate Extras:

Engagement:

 
Thesis Preparation
Scholarships & Awards How to submit a Testimonial
  Thesis Examination IMB Advantage SIMBA
  Selecting Examiners UQ Graduate School - Student FAQ  UQ Student Clubs 
  Responding to Examiners UQ Disability Services IMB Science Ambassadors
      Induction Survey

         

Quick Facts:

IMB Expression of Interest (EOI) forms:

 Reports (PDF):

  Australia EOI - Undergraduate IMB Annual Reports
  Queensland EOI - Masters by Coursework IMB Research Training Guide (2017)
  Brisbane EOI - Honours  
  University of Queensland EOI - Occupational Trainee  
  Institute for Molecular Bioscience EOI - Postgraduate  
       
 

Engagement:

Scholarships/Awards (PDF):

 
  Meet the Team IMB Summer/Winter Traineeship Award (2017)  IMB CSC Postgraduate Award (2017)
  Tour IMB IMB Honours Scholarship (2017)
 IMB Director's Award for Research Traineeship (2017)
  IMB Science Ambassadors IMB Research Advancement Award (2017)  
    IMB Entrepreneur Training Award (2017)  
    IMB Winter School Awards (2017)  
 

              

Postgraduate Program:

Postgraduate Administration:

Useful Downloads:

  Scholarships & Awards Pebbles Senior IMB Expression of Interest Form - Undergraduate
  How to be a Principal Advisor IMB Postgraduate Coordinator IMB Expression of Interest Form - Masters by Coursework
  How to be an Associate Advisor IMB RHD Committee IMB Expression of Interest Form - Occupational Trainee 
  How to join a Candidature Committee IMB Postgraduate Office IMB Expression of Interest Form - Honours  
  How to manage Milestones UQ Graduate School IMB Expression of Interest Form - Postgraduate 
  UQ Graduate School - Staff FAQ   IMB Research Training Guide (2017)
 

Postgraduate Examination:

Applications & EOI Forms:

Engagement:

  Thesis Preparation What are IMB EOI forms? Scholarships & Awards (Postgraduate)
  Thesis Examination Why use IMB EOI forms?  Scholarships & Awards (Honours)
  Selecting Examiners How do I use IMB EOI forms? 
Scholarships & Awards (Traineeships)
  Observing the Examination Does the IMB PG Office use IMB EOI forms?
IMB Director's Award for Research Traineeship (2017)
 

Testimonials by Program:

Testimonials by IMB Division:

     IMB Science Ambassadors Chemistry & Structural Biology
  Undergraduates Molecular Cell Biology
  Honours Genomics of Development & Disease
  Trainees  
  Postgraduates  
  Postdoctoral Staff  
     

 

How do I select an IMB postgraduate advisor?

So you have decided to become a postgraduate research student. Congratulations!

Two of the most important challenges you will face are Choosing a Principal Advisor, and Convincing a Principal Advisor to Choose You. No doubt you will be looking for a Principal Advisor that is an internationally respected expert in their field, heading a well resourced, innovative and highly productive research group, regularly publishing high impact papers in leading scientific journals. Ideally they should consistently attract high levels of research funding in the form of government grants and industry investment - after all, excellent science is not cheap. Most importantly you should be on the look out for a Principal Advisor with a reputation for attracting, training and mentoring highly talented research students. IMB Lab Heads meet all these criteria.

Choosing a Principal Advisor

Know your interests and your strengths! Before you make contact with a potential Principal Advisor ask yourself, what area of science do I find most exciting and do have the prior training and grades to convince someone to take me on as a postgraduate candidate in that field? Do your homework! Research individual IMB Lab Heads, visit their websites, read their papers, learn of and understand their research and achievements, and where possible attend their seminars/lectures at conferences/meetings etc... Identify and target that one IMB Lab Head that you want above all others to be your Principal Advisor. Generic emails to several IMB Lab Heads lack a sense of commitment and are unlikely to be effective. If you want a leading international scientist (an IMB Lab Head) to take you on as a postgraduate candidate, requesting that they invest their time, energy, resources and funds, do them the courtesy of taking the time to decide for yourself who is your number one choice. As a first start try the IMB website, and don't forget that many IMB Lab Heads maintain their own specialist research group websites - so take the time to find and read these sites. You might also consider making contact with students and/or staff in the target research group, to get some feedback on the advisory skills of the Lab Head. Take the time to choose well!

Convincing a Principal Advisor to Choose You

So you have identified an IMB Lab Head as your ideal Principal Advisor. Congratulations. Now you have to convince them to choose you. IMB Lab Heads receive hundreds of enquiries every year from hopeful research students. Getting first contact right is critical. If you are fortunate you may be able to pitch your case in person, for example at a conference or after a seminar, lecture or tutorial. Alternatively you may have had a prior placement in an IMB lab, as an undergraduate student, or an occupational trainee, or an Honours student. While this personal contact will not guarantee acceptance as a postgraduate candidate, it at least ensures that your case is heard. If you can't manage personal contact then make your email count. Some tips for getting your email noticed. Address the email to the Lab Head by name, and demonstrate very clearly that you understand what research they do, what some of their recent achievements have been, and that this is an excellent fit with your experience, ability and interests. To be competitive domestic applicants must have Honours I and a high undergraduate GPA in relevant subjects, while international applicants must have a suitable Masters degree with a significant research component, a high undergraduate GPA in relevant subjects, and must meet the UQ English language requirements. By all means attach supporting documents (CV etc...) to your first contact email. If you sell your case well in this email the IMB Lab Head will respond positively, requesting additional details - possible by an IMB Expression of Interest (EOI) Form) and/or a face to face (Skype?) meeting.

Good luck!

 

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