On Friday 26 July 2013, 18 competitors from the University of Newcastle took part in the three minute thesis final in the challenge to explain their research

2013 Three Minute Thesis Winners

09 August 2013

On Friday 26 July 2013, 18 competitors from across all faculties took part in the University of Newcastle Three Minute Thesis final with the challenge to explain their research to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. An 80,000 word PhD can take 9 hours to present but their time limit was just three minutes.

The judging panel consisted of Emeritus Prof Barry Maitland (Prof of Architecture and crime novelist), Ms Natasha Beyersdorf (NBN news presenter) and Ms Lee Shearer (Management consultant and former Senior Executive of the NSW Police Force). Prof Trevor Waring was the Master of Ceremonies on the day.

UoN Winners

The winners of the 2013 University of Newcastle Final were:

  • 1st place: Kymme Laetsch - PhD (Classics)
    "The Portrayal and Implications of Feminine Ageing in Latin Literature"
  • 2nd place: Jason Girkin - PhD (Immunology & Microbiology)
    "Cause and Prevention of Asthma Attacks"
  • 3rd place: Sally Hall - PhD (Biological Sciences)
    "Non-surgical Sterilisation of Pest Species"

Congratulations to all the finalists that competed on the day. The standard of presentation was outstanding.

Kymme will be representing the University of Newcastle at the National/Trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis competition on Friday 18 October at the University of Western Sydney. We wish Kymme all the best in the national finals.

For more information visit the Three Minute Thesis website

Contact: Nadine Barry
Contact Phone: +61 2 4921 6037
Contact Email: Nadine.Barry@newcastle.edu.au