NIKITA Wheaton has returned to her home town of Warrnambool to undertake a PhD — and is encouraging other graduates to do likewise.
Ms Wheaton said staff at Deakin’s Warrnambool campus were very helpful and she is confident she will get the support needed to achieve her PhD on trends in childhood obesity.
The campus had the communication technology, such as teleconferencing, that would give her access to the teaching staff and other resources she needed, she said.
Ms Wheaton completed the first two years of her Bachelor of Health Sciences course in Warrnambool but spent the past year at Deakin’s Geelong waterfront campus doing honours.
Born and bred in Warrnambool, she was pleased to be able to return to take her academic studies to the next level.
“All my friends and family are down here,” she said.
She is one of what Deakin Warrnambool hopes will be many graduates pursuing a higher degree by research, either by PhD or Masters, at the campus.
Deakin Warrnambool will host an information session on Monday for people interested in doing a PhD or Masters at the campus.
Warrnambool Bachelor of Education (Primary) course co-ordinator, Dr Sandra Herbert, said there was an incorrect perception that graduates could not study for their PhD in Warrnambool.
“We have PhD students in science and early childhood development but we would certainly encourage more to consider the option,” Dr Herbert said.
The information session will cover a broad range of topics including the types and structure of research offered at Deakin, where a research degree can lead after completion, entry requirements and scholarship opportunities.
Masters and PhD qualifications are needed by those who want to work at a university.
They can also mean new promotion prospects for teachers and better qualifications for career advancement in other fields.
The information session will be held from 4.30pm at A3.41 at the Warrrnambool campus. Anyone interested in attending the session can contact Dr Herbert on firstname.lastname@example.org