Undergraduate research

Some people think that undergraduate students do not have the experience to contribute to real research.  Our Hallmark Program students defy this perception and are finding ways they can contribute individually and as a group to address problems.

Hallmark scholars are working on the following research projects:

2015 Research Topics

  • Hallmark 2016 study tour: Response and Rehabilitation: China's road to recovery after the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake
  • Can health promotion be a health hazard? Smokers' physical, psychological and social experience during the move towards a total smoking ban at La Trobe University.
  • What strategies have been implemented within La Trobe University and beyond to increase Indigenous student participation in tertiary education and what degree of success have these had to date?
  • Gender-based factors affecting women in academia.
  • How have meat farmers in Victoria adapted to globalisation and how can farmers increase their economic and environmental sustainability for the future?
  • Does participation in sport and physical activity impact academic performance?

2016 Research Topics

  • Digitally challenged? A comparison of technology use between rural and city university students
  • Does cultural diversity affect child vaccination rates?
  • From marketing initiatives to market leaders: Environmental sustainability
  • What motivates our students to be healthy?: A La Trobe genderbased
    research on physical activity
  • From visuals to values: Exploring the influence of visual media on public opinion about refugees.
  • Independence Day: Supporting first year residential students at La Trobe University

2017 Research Topics

  • GMO-phobic University? An exploration into the perceptions of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the La Trobe University Community.
  • Is Justice Truly Blind?
  • Media, advertising and attitudes to gambling among young Victorians
  • Conceptions and Connections: Investigating Cultural Literacy

Find out more about undergraduate research through these organisations:

  • Undergraduate Research News Australia (URNA) is a periodical newsletter giving information about initiatives and developments in undergraduate research in Australian Universities. The newsletter is published by the Learning and Teaching Centre, Macquarie University
  • The Australasian Council of Undergraduate Research (ACUR) organise the Australasian Conference of Undergraduate Research and Posters in Parliament events and provide links to other useful websites and resources.
  • The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and its affiliated colleges, universities, and individuals share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at all institutions serving undergraduate students.