A new APProach to nutrition education in pregnancy wins 3MT competition

Monday, 27 August 2018


Condensing months of research work into a three minute explainer, some of the University’s brightest rising research stars competed for first place at the 2018 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Final, held last Friday.

3 Minute Thesis winners
Winners (L-R): Andreas Kromik, Sean Hardy, Hannah May Brown and Caitlin Chambers.

Captivating the audience with her doctoral research on technology to improve the nutrition knowledge and food skills of pregnant women, nutrition and dietetics PhD student, Hannah May Brown was awarded first place.

The University’s Dean of Graduate Research, Professor Lucy Johnston, said the three minute thesis competition provided a valuable opportunity to showcase the excellent, innovative and exciting research being done by Higher Degree by Research candidates.

“In a three minute time frame and using only one power point slide, students must articulately explain their research in terms of what they are doing; how they are doing it; and why they are doing it.

“Ranging from a new link between inflammation and cardiac fibrosis to potential reproductive DNA damage in males who consume hot chips, the research presented is helping to tackle some of society’s greatest challenges.”

Fifteen finalists, representing the top three contestants from each of the faculty heats, presented to academics, students, donors, members of the University council and members of the community at The Conservatorium on Friday 24 August.

The judging panel comprised of 2NUR FM Chief Executive Officer, Deborah Wright; Smart City Coordinator at Newcastle City Council, Dr Nathaniel Bavinton, and Co-founder and Company Director of Ampcontrol, Peter Cockbain AM.

The winner, Hannah, will represent the University at the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition in Brisbane later this year and will receive $5,000, for research-related expenses with thanks to the major sponsor, UniBank.

First place - $5,000

Hannah May Brown
Faculty of Health and Medicine (Nutrition and Dietetics)

A new APProach to nutrition education in pregnancy

Second place - $2,000

Caitlin Chambers
Faculty of Science (Biology)

Chip off the old block: Multigenerational impact of paternal acrylamide exposure

Third place - $1,000

Andreas Kromik Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment (Mechanical Engineering)

Metallic glass – driver of the future

People’s choice award

Sean Hardy
Faculty of Health and Medicine (Medicine)

ECM1 – A novel link between inflammation and cardiac fibrosis