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.

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.

2020 competition winners

The inaugural Deakin Visualise Your Thesis finals competition was held on Wednesday August 19. The event was held online to a international audience. The results of the competition are as follows:

Winner: Bipasha Kashyap
An Objective aid for the Assessment of Speech Disorders: Speech Metric Self Diagnosis Voice Tool

Runner up: Isabella Bower
Topic: Architecture with Feeling: Measuring emotional and neurophysiological response to the built environment

People's Choice: Bipasha Kashyap
An Objective aid for the Assessment of Speech Disorders: Speech Metric Self Diagnosis Voice Tool

We would like to congratulate the winners and applaud all entrants. Submissions will be made available to view shortly.

International final

Winners from each of the domestic institutions compete against each other in an online International Competition final. This will be hosted by The University of Melbourne in October 2020; details will be advertised shortly.

2020 submissions

(Winner) Bipasha Kashyap - An Objective aid for the Assessment of Speech Disorders: SpeechMetric Self Diagnosis voice tool

(Runner up) Isabella Bower - Architecture with Feeling: Measuring emotional and neurophysiological response to the built environment

Felicity Bigelow - The development of the social brain

Racheal Harris - Animal Afterlives: Negotiation Relationships between Humans and Companion Animals beyond Death

Sarah Williams - “Born to Stand Out;” The role of hip hop for South Sudanese Australian youth in developing their voice to resist white cultural discourse

Lee Sulkowska - The Role of Scandal in Colonial Victorian Cemeteries

Anahita Sal Moslehian - Innovation in Hospital Building Design

Ashika Paramita - In the Age of Trump: The Ideological Function of Superheroes in Trump’s America

Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan -  The Spell To Break the Glass Ceiling
An analysis of the power structures surrounding female witches in 21st century literature using Foucauldian Discourse Analysis through a feminist lens

Lalinka Herath -Tiny superheroes in a magic box: Genetically engineered heavy metal sensitive bacteria in digital photonics device

Sarah Bray - An investigation of novel methods for estimation of time since death in freshwater ponds

Tanjin Ashraf - Education Rupture: The Evolving Status of the Teaching Profession through a Pandemic

Arka Ghosh - Digital Concrete Quality Control

Citra Amelia - Factors Affecting PhD Completion Progress by Indonesian Students in Australia

Oliver Reece Dalby - Sweet Home Zosteraceae – identifying suitable restoration sites for seagrass restoration

Competition rules

Using the Visualise Your Thesis template

A PowerPoint template will be available for you to download via the Visualise Your Thesis CloudDeakin site.

Technical requirements

  • Your presentation will have three slides; one content slide which will be displayed for a maximum of 60 seconds, and two bookend slides
  • The bookend slides are set to display for five seconds – you can add additional reference slides if required
  • The maximum file size allowed is 100 MB
  • You may use a combination of images, music or other audio-visual elements
  • Any elements used to create your video must be referenced and comply with the competition’s copyright rules.

Supervisor approval

You should discuss your Visualise Your Thesis competition participation with your supervisor/advisor. In particular, you should discuss your entry and potential implications for prior publication, patent and grant applications, and intellectual property (IP) rights and responsibilities.  Supervisor/advisor approval to enter the competition forms part of your submission checklist.

Judging criteria

  • How well designed, creative, innovative and engaging is the entry?
  • Is it visually striking and memorable?
  • Does it attract from a distance and deliver details up close?
  • Does it make a good first impression and then offer rich content on further examination?
  • Does it make the most of the available technology?
  • Were the timings, transitions and effects aligned to fit the 60 second timeframe?
Sound (optional)

If included,

  • If sound was used to convey information, was accessibility considered, e.g. by providing captions for voiceovers?
  • Did the music/sound contribute to the impact of the presentation?
  • Was the sound/music in keeping with the mood/style of the presentation?

  • Does the entry provide an understanding of the research question being addressed, its significance, and potential impact?
  • Is the research communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Is the entry free from jargon, unexplained acronyms and incomprehensible technical terms?
  • Does the entry leave you inspired and curious?
Scholarly Citizenship
  • Does the entry include complete and correct references for any resources used to create the entry? Including: citation of any images, audio, video, software, tools and data.
  • Does the entry include a valid ORCID on the title slide?
  • Copyright – material included in the entry complies with the copyright rules of the competition, and the entry contains only material that falls into the following categories:
  • In the Public Domain;
  • Licensed under Creative Commons;
  • Content used with permission, or under an appropriate licence;
  • Original content created by the student themselves.
  • Does the entry include acknowledgements for other people or groups who helped with the project or entry?
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