The 2017 Ember Venning Postgraduate Research Scholarship recipient, Tara Shem, shares her motivation to become a researcher and how the scholarship has made a difference to her:
‘In my final year of my undergraduate degree I participated in the Honours program. This gave me the opportunity to learn about research, the research process and investigate a topic that I was interested in. I really enjoyed the learning and development as part of this program and came to love research
I commenced my PhD at the start of 2015 and my study explores early childhood educators’ practices with children with communication concerns, perceived barriers associated with this work, and how early childhood educators’ practices could be supported to assist the facilitation of communication development and management of communication difficulties in early childhood education and care facilities. It is hoped that the understanding from this project will contribute to and inform future practice and management of children’s communication concerns and development.
Being the 2017 recipient of the Ember Venning Postgraduate Research Scholarship is an honour and I am truly grateful for the generosity of Dr Elizabeth Kwan.
As a fulltime PhD student I am unable to work much, therefore generating income can be challenging. As a result, receiving this scholarship will assist me with my living costs and further support me to attend some interstate conferences this year.’