“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 2020

10 -12 February | Queen’s College, The University of Melbourne

AMSIConnect is an exclusive national conference for AMSI Vacation Research Scholars near the completion of their projects. The 2-day residential conference gives VRS students the opportunity to present their summer research findings to their peers and academic supervisors.

VRS students are funded to travel to and stay in Melbourne to present their research projects, participate in a careers panel and attend networking events.

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

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

Student presentations

Each VRS student will be allocated 20 minutes in the conference program and should prepare a 15-minute presentation of their research. The remaining 5-minutes is 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 not only present their work, but to network, engage in debate and conversation, and delve deeper into the research performed over the summer.

Outside of academic pursuits, there are plenty of ice-breakers and social events including dinner, dodgeball and drinks.

Venue, Travel & Accomodation

AMSIConnect will be held at Queen’s College, The University of Melbourne, 1-7 College Crescent, Parkville, Victoria 3052 from Monday 10 – Wednesday 12 February 2020.

ALL VRS students (including Melbourne students) will be provided with two nights accommodation at Queen’s College to attend AMSIConnect in Melbourne.

AMSI will coordinate, book and pay for return economy flights to Melbourne for each VRS student living outside Victoria and completing their project at a university outside of Victoria.

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.

Please note: VRS students will be responsible for any additional costs associated with changing travel arrangements after confirmation is provided by AMSI.


2.00pm Student registration
5.30pm AMSIConnect welcome
Chloe Pearse, AMSI Research and Higher Education Program Manager
5.45pm Icebreaker Activities and AMSIConnect Dodgeball Tournament
6.30pm Pizza Dinner
Conference Day 1 – Tuesday 11 February
9.00am Welcome
9.05am Guest speaker: Life as a researcher
9.40am Student presentations
10.40am Morning tea
11.10am Student presentations
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Guest speaker: Life as a PhD student
2.00pm Student presentations
3.20pm Afternoon tea
3.50pm Student presentations
4.50pm Day 1 Wrap up
5.00pm Free time
6.00pm BBQ Dinner
Conference Day 2 – Wednesday 12 February
9.20am Welcome
9.30am Student presentations
10.50am Morning tea
11.20am Student presentations
12.40pm Lunch
1.40pm Best presentation voting
1.50pm Guest speaker: Careers
2.20pm Day 2 Wrap up
2.40pm Conference close

This program outline is a guide only and subject to change

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