Frogs, autism, depression and Anne von Bertouch may not, on the surface, have anything in common, but they are all contributing to the University of Newcastle's reputation as an institution of research excellence.
Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor Scott Holmes, said the number of students completing higher degree research at the University of Newcastle has increased by 31 per cent in recent years.
"In 2006, the number of students who completed a Masters by Research or a Doctor of Philosphy totalled 202, up from 154 in the previous year," Professor Holmes said.
"We awarded 140 students a Doctor of Philosophy, or a PhD, and 62 completed a Masters by Research.
"This is a significant achievement and acknowledges the University of Newcastle's efforts in attracting some of the best research higher degree students in Australia.
"The University of Newcastle values the role that research plays in its achievements, and in attracting and supporting talented, keen researchers.
"Every day our students are developing new theories and solutions, and new ways of thinking, that are having a significant impact on the economic, social, environmental and cultural landscape of Australia."
The University of Newcastle conducts research across a number of areas. Its research strengths lie in health, science and engineering, energy and the environment.