Visualise Your Thesis

Visualise your thesis

The Visualise Your Thesis competition celebrates research conducted by graduate research students around the world.

Developed by The University of Melbourne, graduate researchers are challenged to present their research in a 60 second, eye-catching digital display.

Submissions are judged on their visual impact and how well the content presents the research. Presenting in a digital format allows for different levels of creativity, multi-media, interactivity and interpretation, and is suitable for all disciplines.

The winner of the University of Adelaide Visualise Your Thesis competition receives a prize of $1000 and is given the opportunity to compete in the International online showcase hosted by The University of Melbourne in the later part of the year. All successful submissions qualify for 5 CaRST points.

The 2022 Visualise Your Thesis competition has now closed. View the 2022 submissions showcase or explore past entries below.

  • Key dates

    The 2022 Visualise Your Thesis competition has now closed. Check back next year for further information and key dates.

  • Prizes

    1st prize: $1000

    2nd prize: $500

    3rd prize: $250

    People's choice: $250

    All successful submissions will also be eligible to receive 5 CaRST points.

    The winner must agree to their entry being displayed on the University of Melbourne’s Visualise Your Thesis website and in the University of Adelaide's online media. The winner is also eligible to enter the International Visualise Your Thesis competition and have a chance at prizes up to $5000 (1st place).

  • Eligibility

    The Visualise Your Thesis competition is open to currently-enrolled graduate researchers (i.e. students enrolled in M.Phil., Masters by Research, Ph.D. or Professional Doctorate programmes) at any stage of their candidature who are active and attending.

    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 (= 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

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

    Can I re-submit an entry from a previous year?

    Entries should be unique and original. The resubmission of previous entries is only permitted where substantial revision has occurred. And no doubt your research has progressed significantly, and you’d like your entry to reflect this! Please contact us if in doubt to discuss.

  • Judging criteria

    Entries will be judged based on impact, content and scholarly citizenship categories.  

    A panel of judges will assign scores for the impact and content category. The library will be responsible for scoring the scholarly citizenship category. Where an entrant was required to resubmit their entry to remedy a minor technical and/or copyright issue the scholarly citizenship category will be scored based on the entrant’s initial submission.

    Entries will be judged against the following criteria:


    • Does the entry provide an understanding of the research question being addressed, its significance, and potential impact?
    • Is the research communicated in a format and uses language appropriate for non-specialist audiences?
    • Is the entry free from jargon, unexplained acronyms and incomprehensible technical terms?
    • Is the entry accessible to and respectful of diverse audiences?
    • Does the entry leave you inspired and curious?


    • Is the entry well designed, creative, innovative and engaging?
    • Is it visually striking and memorable?
    • Does it make best use of screen space available?
    • Does it make a good first impression and then offer rich content on further examination?
    • Were the timings, transitions and effects aligned to fit the 60 second timeframe?

    Sound (note that sound is optional; the following criteria may not apply to every entry)

    • 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?
  • Contact us

    If you have any questions regarding the competition, please contact us for further information.