Find academic support and a range of opportunities to get involved in the intellectual and social life of our School community.

Distinguished Academic Visitor Program

Our Distinguished Academic Visitor Program aims to host a leading international biological sciences expert in our School each year.

The program enables discussion and knowledge sharing between our School's postgraduate community and a likeminded international academic.

Our postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, academics and staff nominate potential speakers who are then selected for invitation from a short list.

During their week-long visit, the visiting academic usually presents two School seminars, runs several workshops for postgraduates, and meets with students and research groups.

The initiative aims to invite:

  • established experts or up-and-comers in a broad field of study
  • academics who have published new and exciting results or techniques
  • enthusiastic and approachable speakers.

Past visiting academics

  • Fred Allendorf, Regents Professor, University of Montana
  • Peter Chesson, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona
  • Dr Matthew LeBreton, International Associate/Assistant Researcher, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Paul Ehrlich, Professor of Population Studies and Conservation Biology, Stanford University
  • Svata Louda, Professor in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska
  • Verena Tunnicliffe, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Deep Ocean Research, University of Victoria
  • Dr Mike Bruford, Head of the Biodiversity and Ecological Processes Research Group, Cardiff University

Postgraduate representation

Postgraduate representation gives a voice to our honours, postgraduate coursework and HDR students through involvement in activities, events and School committee meetings.

Opportunities to get involved include:

  • School committees, such as the Postgraduate, Teaching & Learning, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and Seminar committees
  • an annual postgraduate conference
  • the Distinguished Academic Visitor Program
  • weekly social Roof Terrace events for students, staff and peers
  • social and networking events.

You can also apply to join our Postgraduate Representative Committee, which meets regularly to discuss challenges and opportunities for improvement within our School, and runs the UQ Biology Postgrad Club.

Contact us if you have questions, want to share an idea or would like to be a Postgraduate Representative.

Support for HDR candidates

Visit my.UQ's HDR information and services pages to access advice, resources and links to:

  • candidature management system and portal guides
  • milestone completion guides
  • thesis preparation, submission and examination advice and guidelines
  • scholarships and fees information
  • careers advice and resources.

Alternatively, visit the Graduate School website.

School Conference Travel Awards

Each year we aim to provide travel grants for eligible PhD and MPhil students to attend a conference during their candidature.

We hold application rounds every March and September.

Find more information about application deadlines, eligibility and how to apply (requires UQ login).

Statistical expertise

Many of our academics are experts in statistical analysis within a range of biological topics and data environments.

We also offer periodical workshops and statistics advisory sessions for postgraduates.

You’ll gain expertise in various statistical techniques and software packages on your degree program, but we recommend you ask for extra help as you need it.

We recommend that you seek statistical advice:

  • early in your project, to inform your experimental design
  • regularly throughout the lifetime of your project to help you address unforeseen changes to the study design and analysis of preliminary data
  • towards the end of your project for help with results interpretation and presentation

Contact your supervisor for more information.

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If you're not already enrolled with us, visit our Study pages to find out how to apply for postgraduate coursework or a higher degree by research.