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Three Minute Thesis 2018

One thesis. Three minutes.

Can it be done?

One thesis. Three minutes.

Every year, universities all around the world hold the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition to celebrate the exciting research conducted by their PhD students.

Competitors face the challenge of condensing years of complex PhD research into a three-minute presentation for a general audience.

Along with the fun, excitement, and challenge, competitors benefit by:

  • showcasing their research
  • building their academic, presentation, and research communication skills
  • affirming and strengthening confidence
  • raising their public profile
  • networking with other graduate researchers
  • receiving 2 hours of professional development credit towards the Monash Doctoral Program
  • winning prizes and clinching the 2018 winner’s title

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia.


Monash University finalsPrize
Represent Monash University at the Asia-Pacific finals in Queensland
Return trip and accommodation in Queensland (sponsored by us)
People's Choice$500 (sponsored by MPA) 
Asia-Pacific finalsPrize
People's Choice$1000

2018 Monash University finals

An evening of smart entertainment and intrigue, the Monash 3MT final saw the finest performers from each faculty battle it out for the winner's title, prize, and glory.

This event is part of the WinterFest 2018 program.

Date: Thursday 16 August

Host and judging panel

  • Dr Susan Carland

    Master of Ceremonies
    Faculty of Arts, Monash University

  • Professor Matthew Gillespie

    Judge (chair)
    Vice-Provost, Faculty and Graduate Affairs, Monash University

  • Professor Marc Parlange

    Provost and Senior Vice-President, Monash University

  • Dr Natalia Antolak-Saper

    Faculty of Law, Monash University (2016 3MT winner)

  • Dr Anita Horvath

    Academic Coordinator, The University of Melbourne

2018 finalists

They've battled it out and won their faculty and Wildcard rounds. Who will take out the Monash finals?

    • Nicole Free (Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences)

      Restoring voice with therapy: Can a larynx change its spots

    • Ian Parsons (Arts)

      The cosmic fairytale of light

    • Mayer Melhem (Engineering)

      Road freight beast and how to save bridges

    • Avinash Gaikwad (Science)

      Whiplash: The science of sperm motility

    • Ahmad Junaid (Monash Malaysia)

      Cure cancer through chemistry

    • Mei Zi Tan (Law)

      Potential performance of China's national emission trading scheme

      • Troy McGee (Art, Design, and Architecture)

        Designing emergency department waiting experiences

      • Shabnam Kasra Kermanshahi (Information Technology)

        ​Who sees my data in the cloud?

      • Bhavraj Thethy (Wildcard | Engineering)

        Detonation driven aircraft engines

      • Amanda Cross (Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences)

        Do we need memory clinic pharmacists?

      • Carrie Ewin (Education)

        The influence of mobile device use on parent and child interaction

      Key event dates

      May - JuneFaculty rounds (see faculty dates)
      19 JulyWildcard round
      16 AugustMonash University finals
      27 SeptemberAsia-Pacific finals


      The 3MT® at Monash University is delivered by the Monash Graduate Research Office.

      Monash 3MT