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 Open!

 

Available QAEHS Summer Research Programs:

Dr Cassandra Rauert: Development of a biomarker for exposure to tyre wear

This research involves the development of an analytical method to detect  hexamethoxymethyl melamine (HMMM) in environmental and human biomonitoring samples. HMMM is contaminant of emerging concern that is found in numerous polymers including vehicle tyres and is released into the environment from a number of sources including road runoff. This pilot will start to establish the spatial extent of HMMM exposure in Australia.

Duration: 8 weeks
Expected hours per week: Between 20-36 hours
Preferred commencement date: 25 November 2019
Campus: Woolloongabba (PACE)

Prof Kevin Thomas: Quantification of tyre wear particles in environmental samples

Tyre wear is a major source of environmental synthetic polymer pollution in the environment. This research will apply a pyrolysis- gas chromatography mass spectrometry method to quantify levels of tyre wear polymer in various environmental samples, including house dust, air and road runoff.

Duration: 8 weeks
Expected hours per week: Between 20-36 hours
Preferred commencement date: 25 November 2019
Campus: Woolloongabba (PACE)

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: One position for 8 weeks, one position for 10 weeks
Expected hours per week: Between 20-36 hours
Preferred commencement date: 25 November 2019
Campus: Woolloongabba (PACE)

Dr Chang He: Occurrence and concentrations of chlorinated paraffins in biosolids

Chlorinated paraffins have attracted extensive worldwide interest in recent years. This project aims at assessing the levels of chlorinated paraffins in the biosolids that collected in Australian wastewater treatment plants, and associated per capital input of chlorinated paraffins into wastewater treatment plants.

Duration: 10 weeks
Expected hours per week: Between 20-36 hours
Preferred commencement date: 25 November 2019
Campus: Woolloongabba (PACE)

How to apply for the Summer Research Program