Endeavour student Summer Research Program

The Student Summer Research Program received a record number of applicants for 2019. Two scholarships were available for the highly competitive pool of students applying for multiple projects across Endeavour Campuses. We are pleased to announce the following successful students and their projects:

  • Inna Kurlyandchik will be supervised by Dr Janet Schloss conducting a systematic literature review for medicinal cannabis and fibromyalgia in Brisbane.
  • Melanie Graetz will be supervised by the Adelaide team Mr David Stelfox & Dr Manisha Thakkar investigating the Health benefits of culinary herbs and spices featured in the traditional Mediterranean diet: a systematic review.

We wish these students the best of luck in their research projects and we look forward to reporting on their outcomes in early 2020.

About the Program

The Endeavour Student Summer Research Program is coordinated by the Office of Research in conjunction with research teams within the College, and provides an opportunity for students and recent alumni graduates to work with a researcher in a formal research environment.

Projects are available for 20 hours a week for six weeks over the summer break (from mid-November to mid-February) and do not contribute credit towards degree requirements.


The Endeavour Student Summer Research Program is open to undergraduate students, who:

  • Are currently enrolled at greater than or equal to 50% full time load in an undergraduate degree at the College;
  • Have completed the first year of their degree;
  • A recent alumni graduate (course completion in the same calendar year as commencement of summer program)
  • Are studying for a degree relevant to the research project;
  • Have achieved a grade point average of 5.5 or above during their undergraduate degree;
  • Have the potential to and interest in undertaking postgraduate study (masters or PhD); and
  • Are able to demonstrate a high level of English language proficiency.

Important dates

Call for Research mentors: Monday, 24 June 2019.
Call for Research mentors applications close: Monday, 29 July 2019.
Announcement for call for student applications: Friday, 2 August 2019.
Student applications open: Friday, 30 August 2019
Student applications close: Tuesday, 24 September 2019.
Announcement of application results: Wednesday, 16 October 2019.
Commencement of Program: November-December 2019.

Endeavour Student Summer Research Scholarship

Students who are accepted into the Endeavour Summer Research Program will be eligible to access the Endeavour Student Summer Research Scholarship. The Scholarship provides a weekly stipend, paid by Endeavour College of Natural Health, for students who are competitively appointed into the Program by the Research Management Committee. The stipend is not paid during periods away from the College such as during the Christmas break. This allowance may be paid fortnightly, or as one or more lump sum, as determined by the College. Additionally, student who are appointed into a project that is interstate from their home campus, are edibility to receive the Travel Grant to support travel costs.

For more information, please contact the Office of Research at research@endeavour.edu.au

Scholarly Outcomes

Peer-reviewed publications

  1. Reid, R., Steel, A., Wardle, J., Trubody, A., & Adams, J. (2016). Complementary medicine use by the Australian population: a critical mixed studies systematic review of utilisation, perceptions and factors associated with use. BMC complementary and alternative medicine, 16(1), 176. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12906-016-1143-8
  2. Payne, M., & Delphinus, E. (2018). A review of the health benefits derived from forest bathing. International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, 9(1), 19-30. https://doi.org/10.18848/2156-8960/CGP/v09i01/19-30

National Conference Presentations

  1. Brown, D.: Systematic literature review on medicinal cannabis for cancer (Poster presentation), 2017 10th International Conference on Herbal Medicine, Brisbane Australia
  2. Schloss, J., Brown, D., & Steel, A.: Medicinal Cannabis and Cancer: A Narrative Systematic Literature Review (Poster presentation), 2017 Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney Australia

International Conference Presentations

  1. Brown, D.: Medicinal Cannabis in Cancer Management (Poster presentation), 2017 4th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology, Chicago USA
  2. Dwyer, L., Breakspear, I.: What is the quality and strength of evidence for harm from the oral use of Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Turnera diffusa, and Achillea millefolium (Poster presentation), 2019 Naturopaths & Medical Herbalists of New Zealand Conference, Wellington New Zealand

Research Degrees

  1. Reid, R. 2016. Doctorate of Philosophy (Public Health), Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Technology Sydney.
  2. Leech, B. 2017. Doctorate of Philosophy (Public Health), Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Technology Sydney. Competitively awarded an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship
  3. Brown, D. 2017. Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) (Honours), Endeavour College of Natural Health.