Published: March 20, 2019

With summer now behind us, the Life Course Centre recently farewelled its 2018-2019 intake of Summer Scholars.

A total of nine students participated in the internship program to gain valuable experience working alongside our Centre researchers. Participation is open to undergraduate (including honours) and masters by coursework students enrolled at The University of Queensland. The 2018-2019 Life Course Centre Summer Scholars, and the Centre researcher and project they were involved with (and in some cases comments on their experience), were:

Georgia Young, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sociology, Dr Francisco Perales: How Discrimination Affects the Lives of LGB People in Australia.

Elain Kraemer, Honours in Sociology, Dr Sally Staton, Professor Karen Thorpe and Ms Emma Cooke: Children’s Voices Project: Interviews and observations with children about sleep, rest and relaxation.

Heidi Minchin, Bachelor of Arts. Extended major in sociology. Minor in psychology. Dr Jenny Povey and Professor Janeen Baxter: Effective strategies to engage parents from disadvantaged communities in student learning.

“It was great to be given an insight into the social science research process,” Heidi said.

Linnea Cain, Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), Dr Denise Clague: Parenting and intergenerational disadvantage: A population trial of the Triple P system of parenting and family support.

Timothy Size, Bachelor of Arts, Dr Simon Smith: Sleep, light, and happiness.

Michaela Pieterse, Bachelor of Social Science, Major in Health and Society, Dr Wojtek Tomaszewski: Educational and labour-market trajectories of disadvantaged young people.

“I feel very grateful to have worked on this team and a live research program as an undergraduate,” Michaela said.

Catherine Dickson, Bachelor of Arts/Social Science, Dr Jack Lam: Population ageing and family dynamics in Australia.

“Jack was very encouraging and I felt like I worked towards something of meaning,” Catherine said.

Nicole Lakeman, Bachelor of Arts/Social Science, Dr Holly Harris: Mealtimes Matter: Childcare as window into food insecurity and food socialisation in low-income communities.

“My advice is to take the opportunities when presented,” Nicole said.

Romy Wilson Gray, Bachelor of Arts, Dr Yangtao Huang: Money talks: How Australian couples plan, organise, manage and perceive household finances.


Applications for the 2019 Life Course Centre Winter Scholars program are now open. For more details, visit:

CAPTION: Pictured (left to right): Georgia Young, Heidi Minchin, Romy Wilson Gray, Nicole Lakeman, Catherine Dickson, Linnea Cain, Timothy Size, Michaela Pieterse. Not pictured: Elain Kraemer.