Message from the TICHR Student Circle
Thinking about getting into research? Do you want to change the world? Make a difference? Make new discoveries? Do you have a burning desire to answer questions?
Then you need to join the rest of us, at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.
Current Student Circle Committee members: (L-R) Ashley, Kitty, Alex and Steph.
Completing honours, masters or a PhD can be a huge, sometimes terrifying, challenge.
At the Telethon Institute you won't be alone in your quest to make a difference.
The Telethon Institute for Child Health Research is home to over 70 students who are undertaking research in a diverse range of areas from asthma, allergies and respiratory diseases, to working with populations of people with disabilities and rare diseases where we aim to improve quality of life and daily functioning.
Some of us are involved in investigating the role of genetics in the development of childhood diseases and some involved in leukaemia and brain tumour research. Mostly we work within larger teams, including other students, early career researchers and established experts in our fields.
This is extremely beneficial, as we have the added support of
the teams around us, not only our supervisors.
At the Telethon Institute we have established the TICHR Student Circle, a group for students run by students concerning student issues, challenges and triumphs.
We meet monthly to discuss relevant events occurring in the research and general community, share our experiences and generally touch-base and catch up with each other.
We run an annual Student Circle Research Symposium and April 2012 saw the launch of the Student Circle Development Program at Rottnest Island.
Students celebrate at the finish line of their 'amazing race' around Rottnest Island, April 2012.
These events provide opportunities for the students to share
their work, network with one another, and get away and have some
The Telethon Institute offers many additional activities and opportunities for students, more than you may get from your university alone. International speakers, professional development aimed at students (workshops on writing, presenting and general 'coping with a PhD' skills), career development path support, IT support and access to helpful statisticians and lab technicians.
Our current student group and Professor Jonathan Carapetis discuss student life at the Telethon Institute.... watch the video here