Meet our graduate researchers


Three Minute Thesis

The annual University of Newcastle Three Minute Thesis Final is a showcase of our students' research excellence across all faculties. Research higher degree candidates have 180 seconds to explain their research.

Students are competing for a range of prizes and a chance to progress to the National/Trans-Tasman final.

2013 Finalists


1st place - Kymme Laetsch

PhD (Classics)

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.

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Show us your PHD

'Show us your PhD' is a weekly series on 1233 ABC Radio Newcastle promoting postgraduate research through an on air interview with the current host of the ABC's Drive program Paul Bevan.

Meet Elroy

PhD (Human Physiology)

Thesis Title - The Effectiveness of a Multi-Component Lifestyle Program on Weight Loss and Biomarkers in Men at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes


Meet Susan

PhD (Fine Art)

Thesis Title - Museums, Networked Knowledge and the Online Collection


Meet Michael

PhD (Mathematics)

Thesis Title - Fractal Pattern Discovery Tools for Experimental Mathematics


Meet Sidsel

PhD (Management)

Thesis Title - Value-Adding Environmental Action in Agricultural Based Tourism Micro-Clusters in Norway and Australia

 To listen to more of the ABC's 'Show us Your PhD' programs please see the ABC Drive program blog.

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Wollotuka Institute

James ChalresMeet James

PhD (Aboriginal Studies)

Thesis Title - An Investigation into the Associations of Foot Health in an Aboriginal Population

James developed a strong interest in research after working as a podiatrist in many Aboriginal communities around Australia where he noticed the prevalence of foot complications.

James's PhD project is focused on foot structure and function in Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders. The study will also include associated risk factors such the demographics of age, gender and geographic location as well as contributing health factors such as diabetes and smoking. 

James hopes that his research will provide a better understanding of foot health in the Aboriginal community and identify intervention points that will help prevent foot complications. Most importantly James would like to give back to the community and contribute to improvement in Indigenous health and quality of life.

After working for a few years with the School of Medicine and Public Health, James has recently accepted an Indigenous New Career Academic (INCA) position at the Wollotuka Institute. James views this new position as a great opportunity to complete his PhD and continue to develop his academic career.

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