How do I select an IMB Honours project?
The choice of an Honours research project is a negotiation between the IMB Lab Head (as prospective Advisor) and you (as prospective Honours student).
Some things to consider:
- Excellent science is expensive. The consumables and equipment costs for a research project are substantial, and must be covered by the resources, infrastructure and research funding available to the Advisor. For example, consumable costs alone can run to AUD$25-40k/y per lab researcher, while the maintenance and replacement costs for lab equipment can easily exceed AUD$100k/y.
- Excellent science is focused. Lab Heads secure research funding, to build laboratory infrastructure, to attract the highest calibre staff and students, to achieve very focused research in targeted areas.
- Excellent basic science delivers. Metrics for success include innovative and imaginative discoveries reported in high impact publications in the leading peer reviewed scientific journals.
- Excellent applied science delivers. Metrics for success include significant discoveries that address important problems, that are patented to protect (and develop) their commercial potential.
To meet the objectives of both the IMB Lab Head and yourself, all research projects MUST target excellent science. While you are encouraged to identify an area of research that most interests you, the final agreed project will be a negotiation with the Lab Head. Remember, since you selected the best possible Advisor for you, trust their experience and judgement, and work with them to arrive at a suitable project.
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