Research students prepare for 3MT challenge

01 August 2016

The 2016 Three Minute Thesis competition will showcase some of Deakin's top PhD and Masters researchers.

Be prepared to be dazzled by the research and presentation skills of some of the next generation of high calibre researchers.

At the 2016 Deakin Three Minute Thesis competition, ten of the University’s top PhD and Masters researchers will engagingly present their research in only three minutes.

Members of the public and the Deakin community are welcome to attend the free event.

It will be held at the Waurn Ponds campus on August 18, in the Reach Lecture Theatre, from 3-5pm.

After years of dedicated research, presenting their findings in just three minutes is no mean feat for a higher degree by research student. Yet the ability to do so is highly valued in the competitive research world.

Developed in Australia by the University of Queensland in 2008, the 3MT has been designed to help higher degree by research students develop this skill. They must present a compelling oration on their thesis topic in language appropriate to an intelligent, but non-specialist audience.

After preliminary rounds within Deakin’s Faculties and the Institute for Frontier Materials, the top two contestants from each will present at the University final.

Presentations will cover topics ranging from how to promote ethical international business activity, to the effect of sedentary behaviour and diet on adolescent health, to illuminating the brain. (Full list below).

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

Contestants in the 2016 Deakin University Three Minute Thesis competition:

  • Katrina Hogan - Deakin Law school

“Promoting ethical international business activity by leveraging corporate codes of ethics and continuous disclosure legislation in Australia.”

  • Dakshina Chandra - Deakin Law School

“Next generation of legal services: creating a regulatory landscape for optimising futuristic legal technologies and increasing access to justice.”

  • Lisa Couacaud - School of Humanities and Social Sciences 

“The ideal America(n): constructing and deconstructing Dwight Eisenhower’s presidency.”

  • Achala Abeykoon - School of Communication and Creative Arts

“Mobile phones, (dis)empowerment and female headed household: Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.”

  • Epsy Shiny - School of Engineering

“Illuminating the brain.”

  • Manyu Vittal - School of Life and Environmental Sciences

“Adjuvant behaviour on leaf surfaces.”

  • Vanessa Brotto - School of Nursing

“Using audit with feedback knowledge translation interventions to promote medication error reporting in health care.”

  • Elly Fletcher - School of Exercise and Nutrition Science

“Sedentary behaviour, diet and cardiometabolic health in adolescents.”

  • Noman Haleem - Institute of Frontier Materials

“A new view on textile yarns.”

  • Keiran Pringle - Institute of Frontier Materials

“An investigation into short ultrafine fibre production in fluid systems.”

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Deakin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander with Ms Natalie Gasz (right), winner of Deakin's 2015 3MT competition.

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Deakin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander with Ms Natalie Gasz (right), winner of Deakin's 2015 3MT competition.

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