The UQ Winter Research Scholarship Program offers scholarships to students wishing to undertake a research internship over the winter vacation period.

Research internships provide students with the opportunity to work with a researcher in a formal research environment so that they may experience the research process and discover what research is being undertaken in their field of interest at UQ.

Some students may qualify to receive a scholarship for the duration of their internship.

View scholarship guidelines and how to apply

We do not require you to obtain tentative supervisor approval prior to submitting your application. 

Projects available in the School of Economics 

Project title

The effects of marriage and childbirth on cognitive performance

Project duration, hours of engagement & delivery mode

4 weeks, and a remote working arrangement is possible.

21 June – 16 July

Description

This project investigates the effects of marriage and childbirth on cognitive performance by looking at a dataset of professional chess players.

The project involves completing some or all of:

  • data collection of key marriage/childbirth events for professional chess players
  • merging the collected data with existing datasets of chess performance using game and move-by-move data
  • a literature review of the effects of childbirth and marriage on cognition and competitive-related outcomes
  • econometric analysis of the panel dataset to estimate causal effects
  • designing and administering a survey to a subsample of the professional players to explore secondary hypotheses.

Expected outcomes and deliverables

Scholars may gain skills in:

  • data collection and preparation
  • econometric analysis to identify causal effects
  • synthesis of multidisciplinary literature
  • survey design and implementation.

Students have the opportunity to use the project as a foundation for a future research project (e.g. thesis).

Suitable for

This project is open to a student with a background in economics, psychology or related data-analysis field, and successful completion of some courses on data analysis and hypothesis testing (e.g. econometrics) is desirable. Experience with the collection and preparation of datasets is desirable, as is familiarity with the chess world.

Primary Supervisor

Dr David Smerdon

Further info

For more information, please contact David Smerdon at d.smerdon@uq.edu.au.

 

Project title

Signalling

Project duration, hours of engagement & delivery mode

The project will last approximately 3 weeks. The applicant will be required on-site for the project.

Description

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to either assist with the data collection of an economic experiment and/or analyse the data of an economic experiment, using STATA. The exact tasks will be discussed with interested students and tailored to their strengths and competences.

Expected outcomes and deliverables

The applicant will gain skills and experience in data collection, and/or data analysis and academic writing.

Suitable for

This project is only available to postgraduate students with a background in economics.

Primary Supervisor

Dr Alexandros Karakostas

Further info

For questions and details of the specifics of the project, please email a.karakostas@uq.edu.au