Meet the 2021 3MT Competition Finalists

They say that, on average, it would take nine hours to present an 80,000-word thesis to an audience. Our competitors have just three minutes.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) final is a competition held annually for Higher Degree Research candidates across the University. In just three minutes, using only a static slide, participants present their research – what they’re doing, how they’re doing it and why.

This year our 17 finalists, representing a broad range of disciplines across each School of the university, have delivered their presentations virtually.

The Three Minute Thesis Final was held on Wednesday 25 August, 2021. The judging panel were hugely impressed by the quality of all the presentations and their deliberations were long and painstaking! In the end, Zarinah Mohamed Amin was awarded 1st place for her presentation An electrochemical Breathalyser for Lung Cancer. Zarinah will represent the University at the Asia-Pacific finals on 20 October 2021 and collects $5,000 towards her research expenses.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists in this year’s competition!

1st $5,000 Zarinah Mohamed Amin School of Information and Physical Sciences An electrochemical Breathalyser for Lung Cancer
2nd $2,000 Matheus Dos Santos Xavier School of Engineering Soft Medical Robots: A Bioinspired Revolution 
3rd (joint) $1,000 Jesse Hodgetts The Wollotuka Institute Ngiyampaa and Wiradjuri Song Revitalisation
3rd (joint) $1,000 Xiaohong Zhao School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy Cutting off the power supply to cancer
People's Choice $250 Matheus Dos Santos Xavier School of Engineering Soft Medical Robots: A Bioinspired Revolution

Meet our 2021 finalists

Awards Ceremony View the awards presentation here

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