Student achievers

Three minute thesis champions

The History

In 2010 the University of Newcastle introduced the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition for Research Higher Degree candidates. Originally developed in 2008 by the University of Queensland, the academic competition for research students expanded to a national level in 2010, with 33 universities representing over 50,000 PhD and Masters students in Australia and New Zealand participating. The competition continues to grow with more competitors and countries competing annually.

Our winning students

Gabrielle BriggsGabrielle Briggs - 2010

In the first year of competition, second year  PhD (Medical Biochemistry) candidate Gabrielle Briggs took out the University of Newcastle title from an impressive field, with her presentation "Regulation of Tyrosine Hydroxylase". Gabrielle competed in the inaugural Australia and New Zealand Competition and achieved 2nd place to take home $2000 to go towards her research on Parkinson's Disease.

A summary of Gabrielle's project is as follows:
"Parkinson's disease involves the mysterious death of a group of neurons, leading to the characteristic symptoms of tremors and rigidity. Until the cause of this disease is discovered, a cure cannot be found. My PhD involves trying to find out why these cells die. Specifically, my research aims to prove a theory that the neurotransmitter, dopamine, made in these cells, is toxic when it breaks down."

Jamie Flynn - 2011

First year PhD (Anatomy) candidate Jamie Flynn took out the University of Newcastle title from an impressive field, with his presentation "Propriospinal Neurons and Their Role in Recovery from Spinal Cord Injury". Jamie competed in the Australia and New Zealand Competition and made it through to the top 10.

Daniel Beard - 2012

PhD (Human Physiology) student Daniel Beard placed third for his presentation on his study titled "Collaterals in the Brain: A Potential New Treatment for Stroke".

Jason Girkin - 2013

PhD (Immunology & Microbiology) student placed second at the University of Newcastle's 2013 Three Minute Thesis Final with his presentation titled "Cause and Prevention of Asthma Attacks".

Find out more about the Three Minute Thesis.