“It was great getting to meet so many like‐minded and talented
mathematics students. The guest speakers were also really
enlightening and the careers talk especially was very useful.”

Ruebena Dawes, The University of Sydney

AMSIConnect 2023

8-10 February | VRS Student Conference

AMSIConnect is an exclusive national conference held at The University of Melbourne for AMSI Vacation Research Scholars near the completion of their projects. The two-and-a-half-day conference gives VRS students the opportunity to present their summer research findings to their peers and academic supervisors, participate in a careers session and to build their national networks.

Scholars who reside outside of Melbourne will be provided with travel and accommodation for AMSIConnect (terms and conditions apply).

Academic supervisors are invited to join their AMSI Vacation Research Scholars for AMSIConnect.

Please note: participation at AMSIConnect for the full duration of the event is compulsory and a condition of accepting an AMSI Vacation Research Scholarship.

Student presentations

Each student will be allocated 20 minutes in the conference program and should prepare a 15-minute presentation of their research. The remaining five minutes are for the chair to introduce the speaker, a short question-and-answer session and presentation changeover time. This is a highly valuable exercise, which provides a platform to practise presenting within a professional conference capacity.

If you’re unsure about what content is appropriate for your presentation, speak to your academic supervisor about how to structure and convey your research in a professional and engaging capacity.

A prize is awarded each year to the best presenter(s) as voted by the audience.

Opportunities to connect

AMSIConnect provides students with an opportunity to network, engage in debate and conversation, and delve deeper into the research performed over the summer.

Outside of academic pursuits, the AMSIConnect 2023 program will include icebreakers and social events.

Travel and Accommodation

Travel and Accommodation is provided for AMSI Vacation Research Scholarship recipients (who reside outside of Melbourne) to attend AMSIConnect in Melbourne, Victoria.

AMSI will coordinate, book and pay for return economy airfares to Melbourne for interstate scholars completing their project at a university outside of Victoria, or return train travel for scholars living in regional Victoria. Interstate and regional scholars will stay at an on-campus student college at the University of Melbourne.

On acceptance into the VRS program, scholars will be asked to complete a form and provide key information for AMSI to coordinate travel and accommodation bookings, including accessibility and dietary requirements.

Note: VRS students will be responsible for any additional costs associated with changing travel arrangements after booking confirmation is provide by AMSI.

Program Outline

This program outline is a guide only and subject to change. Times listed are AEDT.

Day 1
WELCOME — Wednesday 8 February
4.30pm Registration
5.00pm Welcome
5.10pm Ice breaker activity
5.20pm AMSIConnect trivia
6.30pm Conference dinner
Day 2
CONFERENCE DAY 1 — Thursday 9 February
10.00am Welcome
10.10am Guest speaker: Life as a Researcher
10.40am Guest speaker: Life as a PhD Student
11.10am Group photo
11.20am Break
12.00pm Student presentations
1.20pm Break
2.00pm Student presentations
3.20pm Break
3.40pm Student presentations
6.00pm Conference dinner
Day 3
CONFERENCE DAY 2 — Friday 10 February
10.00am Student presentations
11.20pm Break
12.00pm Student presentations
1.20pm Break
2.00pm Guest speaker: Careers
2.30pm AMSIConnect wrap-up & prize announcements
2.40pm Conference Close

The AMSIConnect 2023 program with full event details will be published in December 2022.

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