2016/17 Summer vacation scholarships
Collaborative research projects will run for an eight week period from the end of November 2016 until late February 2017. Students must be able to commit eight weeks full time (35 hours per week) to the project. The start and end dates will be negotiated between the supervisors and students.
Who can apply?
The program is open to both current University of Sydney students as well as students from other Australian Universities.
Applicants must be either:
- Enrolled on a full time or part-time basis in the second or third year of their undergraduate degree program in pharmacy, science, medical or equivalent physical or natural science at an Australian or New Zealand University.
- Enrolled on a full time or part-time basis in the Masters of Pharmacy program in the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney.
$300 per week for eight weeks (total $2,400)
- There are no pre-requisites for application to the scholarships and research experience is not required. However, it is important to show why you are interested in research or that particular field
- Each applicant is eligible to apply for three projects with indications of preference
- Prior to submitting their summer scholarship application to the Faculty, applicants are required to approach each prospective supervisor to discuss their interest in the project and arrange an interview. Supervisors and applicants should organise an interview to ascertain suitability before the application closing date
- Applications will be assessed on the basis of the academic merit of the applicant relative to opportunity, and the interview feedback from the prospective supervisor. Generally, successful applicants will have a credit average or above, and
- Applicants must apply for an advertised summer scholarship project. Proposed or alternative projects will not be considered.
Scholarships will be paid in four fortnightly payments. The final stipend will be paid upon the completion of the following three requirements: a 1-2 page final report on your project, an oral presentation and completion of a feedback survey. The final report format will be decided by your supervisor.
- Completed Online Application Form
- CV / resume
- Original or Certified Transcript (required for non University of Sydney students only), and
- Supporting Statement explaining research interests, the reason for wanting to undertake a summer research project, and any relevant experience in the area.
Transcript (if required), Supporting Statement, and CV should be emailed to and must be received by the application closing date.
An interview or communication with the prospective supervisors is required prior to submitting the online application as noted above in the General Guidelines.
2016/17 Summer Scholarship Guidelines
Please note the following stipulations and requirements:
- International students must have an appropriate visa to cover the period of the project
- All summer scholarships will be completed on a full time basis
- Masters of Pharmacy students will be required to submit an approved clinical placement and summer scholarship plan and additionally, if required, a prerequisite summer school plan to the Master of Pharmacy course coordinator prior to commencing a scholarship. All summer scholarships will be completed on a full time basis, and
- Students will have the opportunity to elect their scholarship supervisor as their honours supervisor if the projects are not related.
2016/17 Summer scholarships - Available projects
- Investigate the cellular toxicities of several pentacyclic triterpenoids on human retinal cells (Dr Fanfan Zhou)
- Design of new topical dosage forms for the treatment of skin conditions (Dr Nial Wheate)
Cardiovascular and Diabetes Projects
- Active compounds and cellular activities of Australian herbal medicines for diabetics (Dr George Li)
- Regulation of ABC lipid transporter – the search for new therapeutic targets to treat high cholesterol (Dr Ingrid Gelissen)
Health Services and Patient Safety
- Hidden and not so hidden bias in nutrition research (Professor Lisa Bero)
- Opioid prescribing for surgical patients on discharge (Dr Danijela Gnjidic)
- Developing empathy by walking in consumer’s shoes: Pharmacy student mystery shopping (Dr Carl Schneider)
Mental Health Projects
- Towards novel non-sedating analgesics: Identification of novel modulators targeting nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (Associate Professor Thomas Balle)
- Comparison of Aerosol Performance between generic Indian and international marketed Dry Powder Inhalers and Metered Dose Inhalers (Professor Hak-Kim Chan)
- In Vivo–In Vitro Comparison of Deposition in Three Mouth–Throat Models with Qvar® and Turbuhaler® Inhalers (Professor Hak-Kim Chan)
Summer vacation scholarship application form
Applications are now open. Please complete the form and submit it, along with any required documentation, by 5pm on Friday 16 September 2016 for your application to be considered.