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The 3MT is an exercise in developing academic and research communication skills. Higher degrees by research students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.
We are sure many of you have learned by now, it is always handy to be prepared when faced with the inevitable "so what is your thesis about?" questions from curious family and friends (who usually want the three minute version, not the extended one). More particularly, you might get asked the same question in a future job interview!
The 3MT is an invaluable opportunity to practise your communication skills in a supportive environment and it gives you the chance to distil the essence of your research into a succinct and engaging sound bite.
And of course, there will be some extremely generous prizes on offer. Our winner and their supervisor will also be flown to Sydney to represent Deakin at the Trans-Tasman final.
Anyone who is actively enrolled in a PhD, DPsych or research Masters program at Deakin University (including candidates whose thesis is under examination). Graduands and graduates are not eligible.
Competitors who are eligible on the date of their first presentation in their local competition will be considered eligible for the duration of that year’s competition. So if a competitor graduates before the date of the Trans-Tasman 3MT competition they will still be eligible.
Further elaboration on the judging criteria can be found here.
First place: Rebecca Lindberg, Faculty of Health: Food insecurity in Australia.
Runner up: Kim Anderson, Faculty of Health: The NDRG2 gene: alleviating the loss of skeletal muscle.
People's choice: Gayathri Devi Rajmohan, Institute of Frontier Metals: Dye sensitised solar cells 0 Mimicking plants.
All videos of the top ten presentations can be viewed on Youtube.
Rebecca Lindberg received $2000 in prize money and a trip to Sydney to represent Deakin in the national final.
Starting from May, the Deakin competition will be organised into heats conducted by Schools, followed by semi-finals conducted by Faculties and the Institute of Frontier Materials, and a University final conducted by Deakin Research.
Deakin University final: Thursday 18 July 2013, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Drama Theatre.
Trans-Tasman final: Friday 18 October 2013, University of Western Sydney, Parramatta Campus.