Three minute challenge for research students

Deakin PhD students will battle it out at Deakin’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition for a chance to compete in the Asia Pacific final.

The annual 3MT competition presents a unique challenge to entrants – to deliver a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in plain English, without the benefit of costumes, props, sound or video, in three minutes.

The ten competitors in this year’s Deakin University 3MT final will showcase research ranging from how sleep affects the performance of athletes, to how migrants judge and buy everyday things, to prosecuting psychological harms, and storing hydrogen in magnesium alloys.

Developed by the University of Queensland in 2008 to help PhD students develop their public speaking skills and the ability to effectively communicate their research to a non-specialist audience, 3MT competitions are now held in over 600 universities and institutions across 59 countries worldwide.

Last year saw an expansion of the Trans-Tasman 3MT competition to include a select number of Asian universities and the competition is now called the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition.

The 2017 Deakin winner will receive $2000 and represent Deakin in the Asia-Pacific competition. The runner-up will receive $1000 and the People’s Choice Winner, awarded by the audience, will receive $500.

The Deakin final will be held on 2 August from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm at Deakin’s Burwood Corporate Centre. Members of the public and the Deakin community are welcome to attend the free event.

Register here.

2016 group photo

Entrants in the 2017 Deakin University Three Minute Thesis competition:

Connie Cirkony, Faculty of Arts and Education, School of Education: “Stemming the decline in STEM”

Spencer Roberts, Faculty of Health, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences: “How does sleep affect the performance of athletes?”

Kyle Nicholson, Institute for Frontier Materials: “Storying hydrogen in magnesium alloys”

Zara Ghofrani, Faculty for of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, Centre for Regional and Rural Futures: “Designing resilient regions by applying Blue- Green Infrastructure concepts in Australia”

Paul McGorrery, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin Law School: “Prosecuting psychological harms”

Lara Hedberg, Faculty of Arts and Education, School of Communication and Creative Arts: “Queer girls and where to find them”

Josh Allen, Faculty of Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery: “Anticipating the risk of deterioration: Patient characteristics and system factors.”

Julie Gaburro, Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation: “Zika virus, a master of neuron manipulation”

Andrew Katsis, Faculty of Science and Built Environment, School of Life and Environmental Sciences: “The benefits of being an attentive embryo”

Trang Tran, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin Business School: “Turning Aussie and missing home – How migrants judge and buy everyday things”

Published by Deakin Research on 24 July 2017

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