Students to compete against clock and each other in thesis final

Three Minute Thesis

21 July 2014

Countless hours of research will be condensed into bite-sized portions as postgraduate students take part in the University of Newcastle final of the national/trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on Wednesday 23 July.

Eighteen postgraduate researchers will each have just 180 seconds and a single presentation slide to summarise their thesis for a non-specialist audience. 

The 3MT Newcastle final will provide the crowd with a unique insight into the innovative studies being undertaken by the University's higher degree students, while also enhancing participants' presentation and communication skills.

Among the finalists is Nutrition and Dietetics student, Lee Ashton, whose presentation will detail his investigation into the health and lifestyle issues faced by men aged 18 to 25. Lee's research addresses the culture of poor health surrounding the demographic, with the aim of developing tailored healthy lifestyle programs for young men.

Nursing student, Joanne Harmon, will share how her thesis explores the communication barriers between nurses and elderly patients, and their influence on the effectiveness of pain management in hospitals along Australia's east coast.

In the process of completing a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Emad Nemhelal will present his thesis involving how to reduce the effects of global warming through the capture and solidification of carbon dioxide, while fellow finalist Gary Crowfoot will divulge his findings on the accessibility of stroke prevention measures for Australian patients.  

A panel comprised of Newcastle City Councillor Nuatali Nelmes, co-founder of Slingshot Trent Bagnall and CEO of HunterNet Tony Cade will be on hand to judge the event.

The University of Newcastle winner will compete at the national/trans-Tasman final hosted by the University of Western Australia in November.

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