The Summer and Winter Research Programs provide students with an opportunity to gain research experience working alongside some of the university’s leading academics and researchers.

Applications are now closed.
 


Available QAEHS Summer Research Programs:

Dr Sarit Kaserzon: Spatial assessment of human glyphosate exposure to inform public health risks

The research project involves developing analytical methods to measure glyphosate and it’s degradation product aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) in urine. These methods will validated, by applying the new methods to pooled human urine samples.

Duration: 10 weeks
Expected hours per week: Between 20 - 36 hours
Preferred commencement date: 30 November 2020
Campus: Woolloongabba (PACE)

Dr Sarit Kaserzon: Development of monitoring tools for per- and poly-fluorinated substances (PFAS) contaminants associated with firefighting foams

The research project involves developing sampling tools to detect and manage wide-spread contamination from AFFFs in aquatic systems.

Duration: 10 weeks
Expected hours per week: Between 20 - 36 hours
Preferred commencement date: 30 November 2020
Campus: Woolloongabba (PACE)

 
Prof Kevin Thomas: Measurement of microplastics in high fat samples

This research project will assess the challenges of analysing polyolefin (e.g. polyethylene) microplastic pollution in high fat samples, such as oily fish, dairy products and meat. Analysis will be performed by pyrolysis gas chromatography mass spectrometry.

Duration: 10 weeks
Expected hours per week: Between 20 - 32 hours
Preferred commencement date: 30 November 2020
Campus: Woolloongabba (PACE)

 

Dr Phong Thai: Evaluation of Monitoring Schemes for Pharmaceuticals in Wastewater-Based Epidemiology 

The research project involves assessing and evaluating weekly and seasonal trends of pharmaceuticals measured in wastewater-based epidemiology. This study aims to rationalize sampling methods for identifying the minimum number of samples required to obtain accurate information about temporal trends. A range of sampling strategies will be examined: (i) targeted days (e.g. weekdays, weekends), (ii) completely random or stratified random sampling, and (iii) a number of sampling strategies informed by known weekly cycles in drug use data. 

Duration: 10 weeks
Expected hours per week: Between 20 hours
Preferred commencement date: 30 November 2020
Campus: Woolloongabba (PACE); remote working arrangement considered

 

Dr Pradeep Shukla: Removal of hydrophobic pollutants from groundwater using foam fractionation technology

The research project entails the investigation of foam fractionation-based separation technique to treat contaminated groundwater containing AFFF. The current project is to investigate the efficacy of foam-fractionation technology to treat the polluted groundwater by removing the PFAS chemicals from water. The foam-fractionation system is a column separation unit where the polluted water is fed into the unit and then air is bubbled through the liquid. The hydrophobic bind to the air bubbles and moves to the top of the column as a light foam which can be then extracted out. The project work will include laboratory based experimental work to prepare artificial groundwater containing PFAS and then measuring pollutant removal rate. The work will be followed by preparing a mathematical model to describe the separation of the pollutant molecules though the water media into the air media.

Duration: 10 weeks
Expected hours per week: Between 20-36 hours
Preferred commencement date: 30 November 2020
Campus: Remote working arrangement considered

 

How to apply for the Summer Research Program