Welcome to Semester Two!

As student life starts up again across campus, here are our top tips for getting oriented and getting social:
  • Lost? Look for staff and students wearing 'Ask Me' badges, and put the Uni in your pocket with the free Sydney Uni App (including maps, timetable, Blackboard and more).
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news, events and offers, subscribe to our YouTube channel for helpful videos, and connect with our professional community on LinkedIn.
  • Get insider advice on everything from the best coffee to the quietest study space on the Sydney Life blog.
  • Join like-minded students in a club or society (including the Roller Derby Soc, pictured above!).

Earn $2500 for three minutes work (plus a few years of study)

Can you explain your thesis in just three minutes? Applications for the Sydney heats of the Three Minute Thesis competition close soon, enter now for your chance to win cash prizes.

Need some inspiration? Watch the 2012 and 2011 winners and check out our 3MT playlist.

Agriculture student sees green

At just 19, Zaza Chevalier is one of the youngest people to ever stand for federal parliament. Find out more about how her journey from Indonesia – via rural Crookwell and Sydney Uni – may next see her representing the Greens in Canberra.

Future focus

Get exclusive access to potential employers at the Internship and Vacation Work Fair this Thursday 1 August from 12pm in the Great Hall.

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Have your say in the federal election

There are almost 1.4 million eligible Australians missing from the electoral roll – and half a million of them are young Australians aged 18 to 24. The federal election is fast approaching and the Australian Electoral Commission wants uni students to enrol to vote, so enrol now!
Health and wellbeing workshops
Get the most out of student life by taking part in one of these free workshops.

Please arrive at the Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) office (Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building) 10 minutes before each workshop starts. For more information call 8627 8433.

29 July 1–2pm | From procrastination to action
This workshop provides practical strategies to help overcome procrastination and get the job done. 

6 August 1–2pm | Transitioning to Uni with success 
Did you know students who do well for their HSC do not necessarily top their class at university? This workshop introduces the differences in the physical, social and academic demands of university.

August | Sidekicks! 
This workshop series aims to help you develop the skills to help out your friends when they are struggling. It is also designed to alleviate your own stress when helping. Prior participants: 5 and 12 August. New participants: Monday 19 August, continuing on 26 August and 2 September. Registration required

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Volunteer for research

The research we do at Sydney makes a real difference to our understanding of today's world – and you can help make that research happen. This week you can participate in TXT2BFiT, a weight management program for young adults run through your mobile phone, and check out our latest student blog about volunteering.

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Take control of your worry
This three-week course is for people who want to gain control of their worries and anxiety. Find out more

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 SUSF  | Get active with Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness

Get free months of membership, join the lunchtime social sport competition or take a short course or weekend trip.

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 3 AUG  | Saturday at Sydney University Musuems

Join us from 12 to 4pm this Saturday for an afternoon of events and exhibtions: True to Form: models made for sciencePhilanthropy, Performance, Pawnbroking and Pictures: acting on faith in Renaissance Rome, and a curator's talk about our new exhibition 1969: The Black Box of Conceptual Art.

 7 AUG  | Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu: Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie

Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie, Professor of Māori Research and Development and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Massey University (retired) is the latest speaker in the Wingara Mura Visiting Thinkers program, which brings together key international and national experts in the indigenous space. Find out more

 7 AUG  | Fit as a fiddle until... the impact of sporting injuries on individuals and the community

The Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Professor Kathryn Refshauge, and the former head of performance at Sydney FC, Dr Craig Duncan, will discuss their research on how initial treatment of injuries can have a huge impact on recovery and reoccurence. Find out more

 7 AUG  | Is it too late to stabilise the global climate?

This year's speaker at the International House Walter Westman Lecture on Science, Humanity and the Environment is Professor John Quiggin, an Australian economist, member of the Board of the Climate Change Authority, and Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland. He will be speaking on the topic 'Is it too late to stabilise the global environment?' Find out more

 8 AUG  | South African drug discovery: global health and postcolonial science

Pharmaceuticals have long travelled the globe, but pharmaceutical knowledge-making has been concentrated in just a few places. What if Africa were to become a place of not just raw materials and end users, but of the science of pharmaceutical knowledge-making? Find out about a small South African startup pharmaceutical company with an elite international scientific board, which was founded with the mission of drug discovery for TB, HIV and malaria. Find out more

 14 AUG  | Parramatta Observatory: archaeology, artefacts, and a catalogue of stars

Celebrate National Science Week with alumna and historical archaeologist Anne Bickford at the Parramatta Observatory. Find out more

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