Engage in a formal research project over the winter break with the UQ Winter Research Program.

The UQ Winter Research Scholarship Program offers scholarships to students wishing to gain experience working alongside a researcher in a formal research environment in their area of interest at UQ.

Each project will be offered for a period of four (4) weeks between 24 June - 21 July 2024.

Successful applicants will receive a $2,000 grant.

Participation is open to undergraduate (including honours) and master by coursework students who are currently enrolled and will remain at UQ for the entirety of the research program.

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1. Health crisis communication: Multimodal classification

Project title: 

Health crisis communication: Multimodal classification

Hours of engagement & delivery mode

The duration of the project is 4 weeks. Hours of engagement are 20 hours per week. The project can be completed online via Zoom meeting. On-site attendance is not required.


This project focuses on how health officials in Australia and Taiwan communicated public health information during the COVID-19 pandemic. The primary data of the project are video recordings of COVID-19 press conferences from 2020 to 2023. We will analyze the recordings by attending to details such as how speech and gesture co-occur to create meaning. The project will contribute to the fields of sociolinguistics by showing how social values, beliefs, and attitudes about health are linguistically and multimodally encoded and made accessible to the public. The project will also provide media and health professionals with research-based recommendations on how to overcome challenges, repair misunderstandings, and mitigate conflicts in health communication.

Expected learning outcomes and deliverables:

Scholars will:

  1. gain skills in transcribing video recordings, including speech and gestures;

  2. learn to use different technologies to code and present video data (e.g. InqScribe);

  3. review relevant literature on multimodality and sociolinguistics; and

  4. have the opportunity to co-publish research findings with the primary supervisor

Suitable for:

This project is open to applications from students with a bilingual background in English and Mandarin Chinese. Students need to have the experience of taking or completing the following courses: CHIN2600, CHIN3100, CHIN3110, CHIN3200, or CHIN3210.

Primary Supervisor:

Dr. Sheng-Hsun Lee

Further info:

Please contact Dr. Sheng-Hsun Lee (shengshun.lee@uq.edu.au) if there are question about the project