In August the University of Otago's second Graduate Research Month cemented its place in the University's events calendar, building on the success of the inaugural programme in 2010 with the addition of new and innovative events.
The University welcomed international speaker, educator, and researcher Hugh Kearns, who offered two motivational workshops for thesis students, 'Turbocharge your Writing' and 'The Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students.'
Another Graduate Research Month innovation was New Zealand's first official University-run Twitter conference. This all-day, virtual event saw 25 thesis candidates explain their research to their peers in no more than six, numbered tweets and to give and receive feedback on their topic.
With events scheduled every week day, Graduate Research Month represents a huge organizational effort, but one which is rewarded many times over by the response and participation of the University's postgraduate cohort. Some of the major events were live-streamed on the web or recorded to allow access to those not on the Dunedin campus.