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Research Vacation Scholarships

2015/2016

 In 2015/2016 the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences will once again offer undergraduate students who, in 2015, have completed either their 3rd, 4th or Honours year, who have a strong academic record, the opportunity to undertake research at UniSA for up to 8 weeks supervised by experienced UniSA academic researchers, usually between December and March. 

 These scholarships are provided principally for educational purposes to enable the recipient to engage in and gain experience in research.

 Vacation scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, based on academic merit and availability of researchers in your area of interest. Students who have not been awarded a Division Research Vacation Scholarship in a previous year will be prioritised.

Application form available here: the deadline is 16 November 2015, and the form must be sent to the Division Research Office: H2-32, Amy Wheaton Building, Magill Campus or email the Division Research Office

Guidelines available here

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Projects available in Education, Arts and Social Sciences

Work on an existing project:
Below is a list of EASS academics who have indicated they have existing projects and would welcome being contacted in relation to supervising a Research Vacation Scholar.

Art, Architecture and Design
Education
Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience
Sociology

Organise your own project:
You can identify research areas of interest to you and then contact an academic staff member as a potential supervisor, eg lecturers, course co-ordinators, program directors.  Scholars organising their own project would usually undertake a piece of supervised research work, which may result in a report/paper, possibly for publication.  Below is a list of EASS academics who have indicated they would welcome being contacted in relation to supervising a scholar working on their own research project (but please note you can still contact other lecturers, course co-ordinators, etc who are not listed here).

Art, Architecture and Design
Communication and Media
Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience
Social Work
Sociology

 

Existing projects:

Art, Architecture and Design

Name and contact:

Dr Myra Thiessen (myra.thiessen@unisa.edu.au T: 83020678) or Dr Veronika Kelly (veronika.kelly@unisa.edu.au T: 83020671)

School:

Art, Architecture and Design

Institute: Hawke Research Institute

Project keywords:

Rhetoric, rhetorical practice, visual communication design, educational design studio

Project title:

Establishing a rhetorical framework for professional practice through the educational design studio

Project summary:

Although there appears to be a clear link between design and rhetoric in design practice, our understanding of how these skills are developed in students as a part of their design education remains relatively limited.  This project explores and examines how visual communication design students understand rhetoric and whether they are able to draw on this practice when discussing their work in the educational design studio.  From this examination a framework for professional rhetorical design practice will be proposed that not only informs and improves the way that design education is approached, but will also provide a means by which contemporary design practice can be understood and theorised as the landscape of design changes.

   

Name and contact:

Dr Kathleen Connellan (kathleen.connellan@unisa.edu.au T: 83020355)

School:

Art, Architecture and Design
Institute: Hawke Research Institute

Project keywords:

space, therapeutic, mental health, architecture, postnatal

Project title:

Examining the design and therapeutic milieu of purpose built mental health units

Project summary:

This project aims to:

  • provide information to designers, clinicians, mental health unit in South Australia;
  • build upon our ethnographic pilot study in another purpose-built mental health unit by interviewing clinicians and security staff in addition to conducting ethnography and spatial analysis;
  • examine how clients' families use and respond to the designed spaces.

The scholarship student(s) would be required to work with the lead investigator to compile the data from the ethnographic/observational study of the site and the interviews conducted in 2015, and assist with a systematic literature review.

Education

Name and contact:

Dr Victoria Watts (victoria.watts@unisa.edu.au  T: 83026325)

School:

Education

Centre: Centre for Research in Education

Project keywords:

Creativity, education, embodiment, mathematics

Project title:

Improving outcomes for disadvantaged learners: Creative Body-based Learning (CBL) and mathematics

Project summary:

Following on from a successful pilot, this project investigates a professional learning program that supports school teachers in developing their skills using Creative Body-based Learning (CBL) approaches in relation to mathematics.  Specifically, the research aims to discover the impact of CBL strategies on engagement, dispositions, and numeracy outcomes for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.  The research team will be working closely with industry partners at the Dept of Child Development, Carclew, Adelaide City Council, and the University of Texas (Austin).  A student researcher contributing to this project would have the opportunity to contribute to an on-going review of literature on embodied learning, assist in transcribing and coding data from interviews, support the team in making preparations for the visit of AsPr Katie Dawson (UT Austin) who will be attached to this project for 7 months as of January 2016.  There will be opportunities to observe and/or participate in some of Dawson's professional learning workshops and seminars on CBL.

   
Name and contact: Dr Barbara Spears (barbara.spears@unisa.edu.au  ) or Dr Carmel Taddeo (carmel.taddeo@unisa.edu.au )
School: Education
Institute/Centre Hawke Research Institute and Centre for Research in Education
Project keywords: Young people, cyberbullying, online social marketing, wellbeing, helpseeking
Project title: Safe and Well Online
Project summary: Are you interested in young people's wellbeing and digital practices?  This research is examining the use of social marketing to influence young people's attitudes and behaviours.  If you would like to work on a multidisciplinary, mixed method project, we are looking for an energetic, interested person to work with us on various aspects of this study, including data analysis.  You will be working alongside a team of researchers and two PhD students, and will have an opportunity to experience research in action, whilst developing new skills and networks.
Name and contact: Dr Barbara Spears (barbara.spears@unisa.edu.au  ) or Dr Carmel Taddeo (carmel.taddeo@unisa.edu.au )
School: Education
Institute/Centre Hawke Research Institute and Centre for Research in Education
Project keywords: Bullying, cyberbullying, cross-cultural understandings
Project summary: Do you have an interest in cross-cultural understandings about bullying/cyberbullying and education?  Our project is drawing on international collaborations and work with universities in India, UK, Germany, Netherlands and France, to examine how educators and young children understand and respond to bullying and cyberbullying.  You would have opportunities to develop skills in data management and analysis whilst working alongside a team of cross disciplinary researchers.

Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience

   

Name and contact:

Dr Hannah Keage (hannah.keage@unisa.edu.au T: 83024340)

School:

Psychology, Social Work & Social Policy

Centre: Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Centre for Sleep Research

Project keywords:

Cognition, neuroscience, psychology

Project title:

Cognitive ageing

Project summary:

The scholar will work across a number of projects looking at how cognitive processes change over adulthood.  Methods can include neuropsychological assessment, electroencephalography, magnetic resonance imaging, and transcranial doppler ultrasonography.  Different projects are at different stages of development, so the scholar will be able to have experience working on different aspects of the research process, from experimental formulation, to data collection, to data processing and interpretation.
   

Name and contact:

Dr Helen Stallman (helen.stallman@unisa.edu.au )

School:

Psychology, Social Work & Social Policy
Centre: Centre for Social Change

Project keywords:

Peer mentoring, online interventions, resilience

Project title:

A systematic review of the effectiveness of peer mentoring programs

Project summary:

Peer mentoring is widely used in universities.  The aim of this systematic review (a collaboration between UniSA and RMIT) is to review the available literature to evaluate whether it is effective in improving student outcomes.  The student will be involved in the literature review and data collection.
   

Sociology

Name and contact:

Dr David Radford (david.radford@unisa.edu.au)

Institute:

Hawke Research Institute

Project keywords:

Migration, multiculturalism, refugees, interculturality, regional Australia

Project title:

A comparative analysis of Afghan asylum seeker experience in the EU and Australia

Project summary:

Both the EU and Australia have experienced significant migration challenges in relation to humanitarian migrants or refugee/asylum seekers.  This project seeks to build on existing research in regional and urban South Australia drawing on the experiences/current research from an EU context.

   
Name and contact:

Dr Eric Hsu  (eric.hsu@unisa.edu.au )

Institute:

Hawke Research Institute

Project keywords:

Sociology, sleep, road transport, cultural studies, social theory

Project title:

Sleep

Project summary:

How people sleep is the result of many different factors.  While some are biological or psychological, there are others that are distinctly social.  The aim of this project is to uncover the social determinants of sleep in one distinct line of work: truck driving.  The project seeks to advance knowledge in the sociology of sleep, which can inform initiatives to improve job performance, workplace safety, and public health through sleep related interventions.

Organise your own project

Art, Architecture and Design  
Name and contact: Dr Kathleen Connellan (kathleen.connellan@unisa.edu.au T: 83020355)
School: Art, Architecture and Design
Institute: Hawke Research Institute
Areas of interest Mental health, mothers and babies, architectural space and design
Communication and Media  
Name and contact: Dr Collette Snowden (collette.snowden@unisa.edu.au )
School: Communication, International Studies and Languages
Institute: Hawke Research Institute
Areas of interest: Communication and media studies; media agenda setting, media farming, social impact of communication and media technologies
Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience  
Name and contact: Dr Siobhan Banks (siobhan.banks@unisa.edu.au )
School: Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
Centre: Centre for Sleep Research
Areas of interest: Relationships between sleep, diet, cognition in children and adults.  Potential project would include data analysis and literature review.
   
Name and contact: Dr Tobias Loetscher (tobias.loetscher@unisa.edu.au )
School: Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
Centre: Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Centre for Sleep Research
Areas of interest: Neuropsychology, cognition, rehabilitation, stroke, eye movements, spatial attention
Social Work  
Name and contact: Dr Carole Zufferey (carole.zufferey@unisa.edu.au )
School: Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
Centre/Institute: Research Centre for Gender Studies, Hawke Research Institute
Areas of interest: Social policy analysis using Carol Bacchi's WPR framework, the discourses of ageing, mental health
Sociology  
Name and contact: Dr Eric Hsu (eric.hsu@unisa.edu.au )
Institute Hawke Research Institute
Areas of interest: Sociology, social theory, cultural studies, and, more specifically, the sociology of sleep, the sociology of time, disasters studies, mobilities studies.

 

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