“The Vacation Research Scholarship gives some of the nation’s top students in mathematics and statistics the chance to experience the thrill of advancing knowledge.”

Professor Tim Brown, AMSI Director

Information for Students

Eligibility

AMSI Vacation Research Scholarships are open to students who:

  • Are currently enrolled at an AMSI Member university
  • Are currently in their third undergraduate year doing a major in the mathematical sciences or a cognate discipline (outstanding second-year students with the written support of their department will also be considered)
  • Intend to go on to honours and/or postgraduate study in the mathematical sciences (including students doing combined degrees that include mathematics and statistics)
  • Have a strong academic record
  • Have never participated in AMSI VRS before
Information for Students

Application Process

To apply, complete these four steps:

  1. Speak to the AMSI Member Representative or mathematical sciences department at your home university about your eligibility and how you can identify a suitable research project and supervisor
  2. Ask your supervisor to read the Information for Supervisors page
  3. With your supervisor’s help, prepare for submission your documents: research proposal (maximum one page), statement of results (including the previous semester’s results) and supervisor’s letter of support
  4. Submit the online application form with your documents attached by the closing date.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application via email. Due to the expected volume of applications, AMSI and home universities are unable to provide full feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Withdrawal

If circumstances change and you need to withdraw from the VRS program, discuss this with your supervisor. Your university’s Head of Department, AMSI Member Representative and the AMSI Research and Higher Education Manager must then be notified in writing with the reasons for withdrawal as soon as your decision is confirmed. The withdrawal will be reviewed and payment adjusted accordingly.

Research Project

Students are mentored by a nominated supervisor and should have regular consultation throughout the six-week research project.

If your application is successful, you should discuss with your supervisor and managing university department as soon as possible:

  • The focus of your research
  • How to appropriately prepare your report
  • What should be included in your blog
  • Presentation technique for AMSIConnect

Sometimes projects need to be refocused or slightly amended in the early stages of research, and changes in supervisor/s may occur. If there are any changes to your research project (including title changes), please email vrs@amsi.org.au at the earliest possible time.

Note: if these changes are significantly different from the project originally submitted on your application, permission to proceed will have to be obtained from the AMSI Research and Higher Education Program Manager and the Head of Department at your home university.

Payment

Scholars receive a weekly stipend payment of A$500 administered by their home university, or the university at which they are enrolled to undertake a Vacation Research Scholarship. AMSI pays the university by invoice in two instalments:

  • A$2000.00 ex. GST on the award of the scholarship
  • A$1000.00 ex. GST on receipt of the final research paper and blog post

Scholars should speak to their mathematical sciences department to discuss payment arrangements (most AMSI member universities have had Vacation Research Scholars in previous years, and should be aware of the processes).

Blog Post

The blog post gives Scholars the opportunity to practice discussing research with a wide audience outside of academia. You may choose to discuss:

  • Your research project
  • An area of mathematics that interests you
  • How or why you became interested in mathematics

Blog posts should be between 300 and 500 words, written in a manner accessible to non-specialist audiences. More information on how to write a blog and the requirements will be communicated to all successful scholarship recipients.

Intellectual Policy

The VRS program follows the Intellectual Policy and Plagiarism policy of the university that you are enrolled in and/or the AMSI partner organisation at which you undertake your project. Please ensure that you are aware of the relevant policies and requirements.

AMSIConnect

AMSIConnect is a two-day residential conference for AMSI Vacation Research Scholars, providing the unique experience of presenting their work to a peer group. VRS Students are funded to travel and stay in Melbourne, Victoria to present their research projects, participate in a careers panel and attend networking events. Project supervisors are also encouraged to attend.

Each student is allocated 20 minutes in the program to provide an overview of their VRS project, following a set template for slides. There is a best presentation prize up for grabs, awarded according to audience votes.

Note: it is a condition of accepting this scholarship that you attend for the full duration of the AMSIConnect conference. In exceptional circumstances, please email vrs@amsi.org.au to discuss.

Report and Blog Submission

Scholars must submit both the research report and the blog (after they have been proofed by the project supervisor) via our online form by 28 February 2020.

The research report should be submitted in PDF format using the AMSI report template (available for download below) and adhere to the AMSI style guide (found in the information booklet). The research report should be submitted as a .pdf file and named as per the following guide:

LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_VRS-Report.pdf

The blog should be submitted as a .doc file and named as per the following guide:

LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_VRS-Blog.docx

Guidelines

AMSI Vacation Research Scholarship students should refer to the following documents throughout their research studies:

Templates

AMSIConnect Presentation

AMSIConnect presentations should adhere to the AMSI Style Guide (found in the information booklet) and be supported by a PowerPoint/LaTeX presentation using the following AMSIConnect Presentation Template:

Students are encouraged to access the LaTex template via Overleaf to eliminate issues arising by dependencies on operating environments.

Research Project

Research reports should be written in a formal style, as per a scientific journal. It must adhere to the AMSI Style Guide (found in the information booklet) and be submitted using the following AMSI Research Project Template:

Students are encouraged to access the LaTex template via Overleaf to eliminate issues arising by dependencies on operating environments.

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