Chloe Pearse, AMSI Research and Higher Education Program Manager
Supervisors work with a student to identify a six-week research project. Please ensure that the scope of the project is feasible in a six-week period and will allow students to present their findings at AMSIConnect.
Supervisors mentor the student for the duration of the project and should arrange regular face-to-face meetings with the student to assist with any problems and ensure that the project stays on track. Supervisors are also responsible for proofreading the final research report and blog post before they are submitted to AMSI, in addition to helping their student prepare for AMSIConnect. This entails assisting with the preparation of presentations, arranging a trial presentation and providing feedback on final reports.
Research reports, blog posts and AMSIConnect presentations should adhere to the AMSI Style Guide (found in the VRS student information booklet) and be prepared using the AMSI templates available for download on the Information for Students page.
We understand that sometimes projects will need to be refocused or slightly amended. If this is the case, please notify us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If the changes vary dramatically from the project originally submitted, permission to proceed must be granted by the AMSI Research and Higher Education Program Manager and your Head of Department.
Note: supervisors should be available in Australia for at least five weeks of the agreed period for the research project.
You should complete the VRS application together with your student. The application requires a research proposal (maximum one page), the student’s statement of results (including the previous semester’s results) and a letter of support from you.
Should your student be successful in their application, a copy of the letter agreement signed by your head of department/school will be forwarded to you for your information. This will serve as a formal agreement, binding you to the project and parameters established by the VRS program.
If you cannot meet the application deadline, please contact AMSI as soon as possible at email@example.com.
If the student you are supervising is unable to complete the AMSI Vacation Research Scholarship, you are responsible for ensuring that your Head of Department, AMSI Member Representative and the AMSI Research and Higher Education Manager are notified in writing with the reasons for withdrawal once the decision has been made. The withdrawal will be reviewed and the student payment adjusted accordingly.
AMSIConnect is a two-day residential conference for AMSI Vacation Research Scholars held in February, 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.
AMSI strongly encourages project supervisors to attend AMSIConnect to provide support to their student and to assist with questions if required.
Supervisors should prepare for the presentation at AMSIConnect by:
Supervisors who attend AMSIConnect are requested to chair at least one session of presentations.
Following AMSIConnect, students must submit a report on their research project. Supervisors should ensure that the research is written up formally in the style of a journal paper. Reports should be submitted on the AMSI report template (available for download from the Information for Students page) and adhere to the AMSI style guide (found in the VRS student information booklet).
It is important for researchers to explain their work to an audience outside of academia. For this reason we ask students to prepare an accessible blog post. Supervisors should also ensure that this post be presented in a manner suited to a casual audience.
Students may blog about:
The blog post should be 300-500 words and accessible to a non-specialist audience.
Supervisors should proof research reports and blog posts before the VRS student submits by the 28 February 2020 deadline.
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.
Scholars’ home or host universities should invoice AMSI in two instalments:
It is expected that departments pay the awardees out of their own funds and treat the AMSI payment as a reimbursement.
Please speak to your 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).