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Visualise your thesis

The Visualise Your Thesis TM is an international programme for graduate researchers developed by The University of Melbourne.

What is it?

Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) challenges graduate researchers at any stage of their candidature to present their projects in a 60-second, eye-catching, audio-visual digital display. Using a pre-supplied template, entrants are tasked with developing a striking visual presentation that succinctly describes their research and its potential benefits to a non-specialist audience. VYT provides graduate researchers with an opportunity to build and apply their digital literacy skills, ensuring they are workplace-ready, and provides institutions with an opportunity to showcase graduate research.

By creating a “visual elevator pitch” they will develop crucial employability skills including effective communication, digital literacy, and visual storytelling. They also build their awareness of open access to information and copyright.

Visualise Your Thesis - Time to get involved!

What can entering the Visualise Your Thesis competition do for your research career? Find out from previous participants.

Why enter VYT?

  • You will create a one-minute explainer that can be used to disseminate your research.
  • You can develop your research communication skills.
  • Learn to pitch research impact to boost engagement.
  • You can benefit from a range of learning opportunities.
  • You may win a prize!

Participation in VYT can be included in your an Australian Higher Education Graduate Statement as an AHEGS-worthy training though your Individual Learning Plan. AHEGS is a standardised format for Australian Higher Education qualifications that enables the qualifications to be recognised and renowned throughout the world. You need your supervisor approval to add this competition to your ILP.

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There will be prizes allocated to the winners of the VYT competition, the first runner-up and the people's choice winner awarded by the audience.

Winner:  $1,000
First runner-up: $500 
People's choice: $500

Who is eligible to enter?

The Visualise Your Thesis competition is open to currently-enrolled graduate researchers (including students enrolled in Master Philosophy, Masters by Research, PhD or Professional Doctorate programmes) at any stage of their candidature who are active and attending of registered VYT 2024 institutions.

You are not eligible to enter the competition if you are:

  • an Honours student
  • a Masters by coursework student (even if your program has a research/thesis component)
  • a graduate researcher on a leave of absence (i.e. inactive and not attending)
  • a lapsed candidate
  • a graduate researcher employed by the university who may have, or may be perceived to have, influence over the competition outcome, research funding or related resourcing, or an otherwise unfair advantage over the other entrants from the university.

Research institutes affiliated with multiple universities may run their own VYT programme. However, graduate researchers may only enter one local round per year.

Entries should be unique and original. The resubmission of previous entries is only permitted where substantial revision has occurred.

Rules and judging criteria

2023 Grand Final results

The Deakin University Three Minute Thesis (3MT) and Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) Grand Final was held on Thursday 3 August at Burwood Campus. It provided an entertaining afternoon that showcased our brilliant research students competing to be the best at research communication.

Watch 2023 event and all participants on our Deakin Research YouTube channel

Deakin 2023 VYT Winner

Kaushalya Perera (Faculty of Health)

Spotlight on NK cells: super immune warriors 

Inside our body there’s a continuous battle between our immune system and the pathogens that try to invade. Ms Perera’s research focuses on natural killer or NK cells, that are both fast and powerful defenses of our immune systems. In finding out more about these valuable cells, Ms Perera uses zebra fish, as their defence system is similar to that of humans. By placing fluorescent trackers on NK cells to help study their every movement, Ms Perera hopes to uncover the potential of these cells to protect us against pathogens.

Ms Perera now moves onto the International Visualise Your Thesis program.

Supervisors: Professor Alister Ward and Dr Clifford Liongue

2023 Visualise Your Thesis Deakin winner: Kaushalya Perera

Deakin 2023 VYT Runner-up

Kirstin Kreyscher (Faculty of Arts and Education)

The invisible protagonists: Youth's lived realities in hazard environments in the Phillipines. 

When we think of disasters, our thoughts typically go to floods, typhoons, landslides and earthquakes. We also tend to think of them as natural tragedies we can’t do anything about and those who are affected as unlucky and passive victims. But Ms Kreyscher’s research has shown that not all hazards have to turn into disaster if we listen closely to those most at risk, as everyday vulnerability is created by man-made and social forces well before catastrophe hits.

Ms Kreyscher is working with Filipino youth, who are disproportionately affected by the social dimensions of hazards and particularly marginalised by adults. Her work is revealing that youth have unique and creative contributions to make and should be recognised as important actors on the disaster agenda.

Supervisors: A/Prof Constantinos Laoutides and Dr Nazanin Zadeh-Cummings

2023 Visualise Your Thesis Deakin runner-up: Kirstin Kreyscher

Deakin 2023 VYT People's Choice Award

Asher Johnson (Faculty of Arts and Education)

Teacher-As-Playwright: an approach to writing for performance education to enhance the social impact of students and community

Mr Johnson’s research is focusing on how teachers can overcome the restraints of budget, inexperience and other factors affecting school drama performances to enhance the social impacts for students and the school community.

Supervisors: A/Prof Joanne O'Mara and Dr Jo-Anne Raphael

2023 Visualise Your Thesis Deakin People's Choice Award: Asher Johnson

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