Should I do an honours project next year?

The answer is a resounding YES!

We would love to welcome you for your Honours year – the first year of a possible research career but so much more, a year where you make the transition from an undergraduate student to an independent scientist.

During an Honours year in the School of Chemistry you have the chance to do a major research project that you can help design and run, where you get to make your own decisions and manage your own time. You will complete your own, unique, piece of research being part of a research group of bright, committed and motivated people all working together to solve often difficult and challenging problems at the forefront of new science. It is an amazing experience.

The generic skills you will gain will be useful in any future career – academia and industry alike. You will:

  • develop time-management skills,
  • gain freedom to do independent research,
  • be trained to analyse scientific data and communicate scientific information in written and oral form, and
  • learn to develop your own hypotheses, design experiments to test them, and use your results to refine your hypotheses or develop new ones. You will also learn a number of modern research techniques under the guidance of your academic supervisor to ensure your research is at the frontier of knowledge.

Many studies have shown that completing an Honours year significantly increases your employment prospects, compared to graduates with a pass degree. An Honours degree also enhances your future career potential; the added maturity and independence, not to mention tenacity, you gain from the extra year of study is invaluable.

The School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney is one of the top chemistry schools in Australia as measured by publication outputs and grant income. The School is internationally recognised for the high calibre of its staff and research.

There are many new projects to choose from across all areas of chemistry - just take a look here.

To help you decide what to do, take these three easy steps:

  1. Come along to the general information session. Chemistry lecture theatre 4, Tuesday, 13 September 2016, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Just turn up - lunch is on us!
  2. Come to the famous Chemistry Poster Session. Outside chemistry lecture theatres 1 and 2, Thursday, 13 October 2016, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. This poster session is a great opportunity for you to talk to academic staff about possible projects in a relaxed atmosphere. Just turn up - pizza and drinks are on us!
  3. If you've any other questions then just come and see me or Girish Lakhwani (room 358), or go and speak about possible projects with our current Honours and PhD students or with academic staff. I *guarantee* they will be pleased to talk to you about their research.

Yours sincerely

Associate Professor Meredith Jordan
Honours Coordinator
Room 544
T: +61 2 9351 4420