Student News
2 May 2016
Masters student saving lives
Meet Taha Shakoh, a Master of Electrical Engineering student who has developed a process that could dramatically reduce kidney disease death rates in developing countries. Shakoh, who came to study at Sydney from Pakistan, aims to lower the cost of life-saving hemodialysis treatment.
Election overload
Election season is upon us. Later this month both the USU and SUPRA hit the polls (don’t forget to vote!). Meanwhile, Australia prepares for an election later in the year and even student politics seems tame compared to the dramatic campaign playing out in the US, which you can follow blow-by-blow with the US Studies Centre’s election watch.

If that’s not enough, don’t miss the free Fulbright NSW public lecture, ‘What the heck is going on in the US Presidential Election?’ by Professor Carol Weissert on 10 May. And for the electoral diehards, on 25 May Sydney Ideas will host a panel discussion exploring the regional implications of next week’s Philippine elections.
Are you our next Fulbright Scholar?
If you’re a postgraduate student, or are considering postgraduate study, be sure to check out the prestigious Fulbright Scholarships. These are open to postgraduate students across all disciplines and allow students to study and conduct research in the United States. Attend an information session or watch the live stream to find out more.
We won a Webby!
Our Virtual Tour, ‘Here’ has won a Webby – the prestigious international awards for digital media. Featuring interactive 360-degree video, ‘Here’ was awarded best university app and was also shortlisted for best use of video. It went live for Open Day in August last year. Check it out for yourself!
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Build a birthing kit
Help assemble home birthing kits that allow women in developing nations around the world to give birth safely. Bring along your friends on 3 May from 1pm. To keep you motivated while you pack, there’ll be music and pizza from Courtyard cafe. Find out more.
Join our network for First in Family students
The First in Family (FiF) student group is hosting its next social event on Tuesday 3 May at 4pm at Courtyard café. FiF is a new initiative for students who are the first member of their immediate family to attend university. It offers a supportive and friendly space where you can share your experiences with others. The event is super casual with pizza to top it off. Join the group or get in touch with Ashleigh Taylor for more information.
Does free will exist?
Join UK philosopher and author Julian Baggini, in a revealing conversation about free will – one of philosophy’s age-old big questions – for this free Sydney Writers’ Festival event. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Sydney Writer’s Festival program.
  • Our Postgraduate Information Evening is being held in the Quad on Wednesday 18 May, from 4.30pm. Postgraduate study is a unique opportunity to specialise your skills and raise your employability with a further qualification.
Get involved
  • If you have a startup business idea, INCUBATE can help you put it into action. Apply for the intensive 14-week summer program to get your startup access to industry mentors, seed funding, workshops and much more. Applications close 9 June.
  • Decide which USU Board candidate best represents your interests. Come and meet the candidates at the election soapbox at 12.45pm, Tuesday 10 May, Manning Bar. Find out more.
  • Hear the brand new Sydney Conservative of Music Chinese Music Ensemble in action at the second Great Hall Lunchbreak Series concert for 2016 on Tuesday 3 May from 1pm. It’s free!
  • This week take a moment to check out a clever project by PhD candidates Joel Fredericks and Callum Parker from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. Their interactive pop-up uses a variety of digital and physical media to find out students’ thoughts about public transport using things such as a drawing robot, selfie voting app, and the humble chalkboard. Find it from Wednesday to Friday on the Cadigal Lawns.
  • From Friday 27 May we’re celebrating Reconciliation Week with a series of events. Join us for the flag-raising ceremony, keynote speakers and musical performances, and add your message of Reconciliation to the luminescent hands on the front lawns. 
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3 May Sydney Ideas – Reading Australian literature with Nicholas Jose 
4 May Ally Network training
4 May Sydney Ideas – What’s the Announceable?
5 May Sydney Ideas – Light and the Illusion of Space
5 May Verge Gallery: May Exhibitions Opening
6 May Sydney Ideas and Sydney Environment Institute – Saving Indonesia’s Rainforests 
10 May USU Election Soapbox
10 May Fulbright information session
10 May What the heck is going on with the US election? Fulbright NSW public lecture 
10 May Sydney Ideas – Warwick Holmes 
10 May Sydney Ideas – A Drop in the Ocean: how did a seascape make waves in China and beyond? 
13 May Exam timetables released on Sydney Student
17 May IDAHOT- Turning the heat up on homophobia and transphobia
18 May Postgraduate information evening

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