Alissa Michienzi



Current position: Honours Student – Bachelor of Biomedicine, The University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine (Royal Melbourne Hospital), Project site: Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, East Melb.

Why did you decide to get involved in research?

I decided to give research a go as part of my undergraduate degree as I had never had any exposure to it, and wasn’t sure if it was for me. An honours year offers students a taste of what research is all about.

Who encouraged you to get involved in research and who do you go to for advice when you need it?

My university played a big role in encouraging me to consider undertaking the additional research year, particularly as a stepping stone into a postgraduate degree in Medicine.

I always go to my two project supervisors when I need advice! It’s important to choose supportive and approachable supervisors, as they play a huge role in guiding you.

What sort of activities/studies have you been involved in?

I’ve been involved in collecting, organising and interpreting data as part of my clinical research project. I’ve also helped to construct a protocol and have begun writing my thesis.

What do you enjoy most about being involved in these research activities?

As a student, it’s an amazing feeling knowing that I’m contributing to the research community with a brand new piece of literature.

What has been your biggest challenge or barrier to being involved in research?

The fast paced nature of honours means I’ve only got 9 months to complete all my research and write a thesis. Keeping up with time has definitely been a challenge!

What one piece of advice would you give other researchers who have never been involved in research before?

I’d definitely encourage students to give honours a go if you’re unsure about what research has to offer. You never know unless you try!