Visualise your thesis competition

The Visualise Your Thesis TM competition is an online audio-visual and multimedia competition that showcases a researcher's project within a 60 second time frame.

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 e-poster presentation that succinctly describes their research and its potential benefits to a non-specialist audience. The competition 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.

The competition provides students with an opportunity to build and apply digital literacy skills. 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.

2022 finals results

The Deakin finals were held as an in-person and live streamed event in conjunction with the Three Minute Thesis competition on August 18, 2022.


Deakin Research would like to thank all the entrants for their entries this year and congratulate our winners:

Winner: Himashini Whitley, Faculty of Health: ‘How do children construct their experience of moving around the neighbourhood, and what does this mean for what they think they can or can’t do?

Equal Runner-Up: Claire Samanna, Faculty of Health: ‘Can exercise improve disc health?’

Equal Runner-Up: Davita Coronel, Faculty of Arts and Education: ‘Skypuppies: Batcare in Melbourne’

People's Choice Winner:  Jack Parry, Faculty of Arts and Education: ‘The Object of Life’

International Final

Our winner Himashini as well as each of the winner from the other domestic institutions will compete against each other in an online International Competition final. This will be held in October (dates TBC); details will be advertised shortly. The Visualise Your Thesis prize announcement to take place at the 2022 eResearch Australasia Conference. With social media announcement following event.

How to enter

The 2022 competition has now closed.
Thanks to all who entered and congratulations to our winners.

Please check back for updates on the launch of the 2023 competition.

Why do it?

  • Make a one-minute explainer
  • Gain skills
  • Improve your research profile
  • Use it everywhere
  • There are prizes

Get on your Socials @VisualiseThesis, for details and updates.


  • First place: $3,000
  • Runner-up: $2,000
  • People's choice award: $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. 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.

Not eligible to enter the competition are -

  • Honours students
  • Masters by coursework students (even if their program has a research/thesis component)
  • Graduate researchers on a leave of absence (i.e. inactive and not attending)
  • Lapsed candidates
  • Graduate researchers who are employed by your 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 your university.

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

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