A research thesis in just three minutes

Monday, 1 September 2014

Ten of the University of Adelaide's top PhD students will have just three minutes - and one PowerPoint slide - to explain their research to the public at a free event on Tuesday 9 September.

The special Research Tuesdays event will see two finalists from each of the University's five faculties compete to represent the University in the national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

3MT helps to teach postgraduate research students how to effectively communicate their work to a broad audience.

Most PhD theses take three years to complete and are up to 80,000 words long. Distilling their projects into three minutes makes for a fast-paced and demanding communication challenge - and lots of fun.

The presentations will be judged by a panel of experts, and the winner will go on to compete in the national 3MT final in Perth, in November. The audience will have their say by voting in the People's Choice Award.

The finalists and their topics are:

Heidi Neubauer (Faculty of Sciences) − SK2 protein: a Jekyll and Hyde in cancer
Kayla Gilmore (Faculty of Sciences) − Elements and ear bones: unlocking hypoxia histories
Athanasios Lazarou (Faculty of the Professions) - Event: The architectural production of space
Tahmina Ahsan (Faculty of the Professions) − High-rise residential buildings in Dhaka, Bangladesh and the development of environmentally and socially responsible practice guidelines
Christopher Letheby (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) − The philosophy of psychedelic knowledge acquisition
Carly Osborn (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) − RenĂ© Girard and 20th century American tragic novels
Harshavardini Padmanabhan (Faculty of Health Sciences) − Gene therapy spray: a breath of fresh air
Isabella-Rose Meredith (Faculty of Health Sciences) - Breathing for two
James Griggs (Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences) - Stress corrosion cracking of gas pipelines
Zahra Shaterian (Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences) - Can electromagnetic modelling save lives?

What: Three Minute Thesis competition - a special Research Tuesdays event
When: Tuesday 9 September, 6.00-7:30pm
Where: The Braggs lecture theatre, North Terrace campus, University of Adelaide
Free - but registration is essential. Please register online.


Contact Details

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