Three minute thesis competition
The annual three minute thesis competition pitches research higher degree students against each other to present their research in just three minutes.
By competing in this competition you have the chance to improve your communication and media skills and be in the running for a range of prizes. You could also be selected to compete at the National/Trans-Tasman final.
The competition is open to all research higher degree students enrolled in Masters or PhD programs.
The Office of Graduate Studies will send an email to all students when registrations for 2014 open.
- a single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or movement of any description, the slide is to be displayed from the beginning of the oration)
- no additional electronic media (eg sound and video files)
- no additional props (eg costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment)
- presentations are limited to three minutes maximum
- competitors exceeding three minutes will be disqualified
- presentations are to be spoken word (eg no poems, raps or songs)
- presentations are to start from the stage
- the decision of the adjudicating panel is final
You will be judged by a panel of three non-specialists on the following criteria:
- Comprehension: did the presentation help
the audience understand the research?
- Did the presenter clearly outline the nature and aims of research?
- Do you know what is significant about this research?
- Did the presentation follow a logical sequence?
- Engagement: did the oration make the
audience want to know more?
- Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or dumb down their research?
- Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their work?
- Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
- Would I like to know more about the speaker's research?
- Communication style: was the thesis topic and
its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent
but non-specialist audience?
- Did the speaker use sufficient eye contact and vocal range, maintain a steady pace and a confident stance?
- Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology that needed to be used, and provided adequate background information to illustrate points?
- Did the presenter spend the right amount of time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long or were rushed?
- Did the PowerPoint slide enhance, rather than detract from, their presentation - was it clear, legible and concise?
The judges will score each competitor out of ten for each criterion.
Each Faculty will hold heats with the winners proceeding on to the UoN final which will be held on Wednesday 23 July 2014. The winner of the UoN final will then move on to compete in the National/Trans-Tasman competition at the University of Western Australia on 3 November 2014.
The dates for the Faculty finals are as follows:
Engineering & Built Environment: 30 May 2014
Science & IT: 13 June 2014
Health and Medicine: 20 June 2014
Education & Arts: 26 June 2014
Business and Law: TBA
1st place - Kymme Laetsch
Thesis title - "The Portrayal and Implications of Feminine Ageing in Latin Literature"
2nd place - Jason Girkin
PhD (Immunology and Microbiology)
Thesis title - "Cause and Prevention of Asthma Attacks"
3rd place - Sally Hall
PhD (Biological Sciences)
Thesis title - "Non-surgical Sterilisation of Pest Species"
If you would like to view more Three Minute Thesis Finalists please visit the University of Newcastle's YouTube page.
For more information on the competition please see our Three Minute Thesis webpage.