The 2020 3MT Competition went digital

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 15 finalists, representing a broad range of disciplines across the university, delivered their presentations virtually with over 4,000 votes received over a 24-hour period to decide on the People’s Choice Award.

An awards ceremony was held on Thursday 20 August 2020, with our Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Alex Zelinsky, presenting the winners with their awards. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President, Professor Janet Nelson, delivered an inspiring address to the finalists which was live-streamed across the world.

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to UniBank for their support.

First place - Philippa Ditton-Phare – Improving doctor-patient communication in psychiatry: An evaluation of a communication skills training program
Second place - Jessica Madden – A genetic approach to understanding chronic pain
Third place - Jarrod Sansom – Facebook Wars: You’re either with us… or against us
People’s Choice - Sabiha Matin – Faculty of Business and Law - Optimising the benefits of hosting business events

Meet our 2020 winners

Meet our 2020 finalists

AWARD CEREMONY View the awards presentation here

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2 - Zero hunger3 - Good health and well-being4 - Quality education8 - Decent work and economic growth9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure11 - Sustainable cities and communities12 - Responsible consumption and production15 - Life on land

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.