The Monash BDI Graduate School Three Minute Thesis Competition
Monday 26th June 2017 at 3pm-4pm, Lecture theatre S4, 16 Rainforest Walk, Clayton Campus.
The 3MT competition highlights the importance of communication skills! Higher Degree Research candidates have three minutes to explain their research in language that can be understood by a general audience. It's a competition against the clock and students are allowed the use of one slide to assist them.
They are judged on whether:
- the language used is appropriate to an intelligent lay audience
- the talk is engaging, dynamic and compelling
- the presentation has been inventive in a way that it has helped the audience understand the research
Interested students must register for the competition online.
Online registration closes midnight 31st May. Registering students should also email their departmental Graduate Coordinator to inform them that they have registered.
The BDI Graduate School Competition will be held in two stages:
- Each SOBS department will run a heat in order to select the top two students for entry into the BDI Graduate School final. Students will be judged by department members according to a common set of selection criteria (see university guidelines).
- The BDI Graduate School will run a final that involves the top two students from each department in order to select the winner. Students will be judged by senior faculty/university academics according to a common set of the selection criteria (see university guidelines below).
Eligibility, selection criteria and presentation guidelines can be found here.
BDI Graduate School Competition Prizes
- 1st place: TBA
- 2nd place TBA
- 3rd place: TBA
Wednesday 31st May
Competition registrations close
Thursday June 1st – Thursday 22nd June
Departmental heats to be held
Monday 26th June
BDI Graduate School Three Minute Thesis competition
Thursday 13th July
Faculty MNHS 3MT Final
(1.30pm – 3.30pm, TBA)
Thursday 10th August
Monash Three Minute Thesis competition final
Friday 29th September
Asia-Pacific final at the University of Queensland
The winners of the Three Minute Thesis competition held on 2nd August 2016, were Cara Nethercott, from the Department of Microbiology, for her presentation A Bad Bug and a Terrible Toxin: How they play nasty with your White Blood Cells and Blake Riley, from the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, for his presentation Changing the crab's claw": Evolving a bacteria-killing enzyme. Both received $200 and went on to compete in the Faculty final. Runner up went to Caitlin Lewis from the Department of Pharmacology for her presentation The Macrophage: Hero or Villain of Heart Disease. She received $100. Caitlin also won the People’s Choice Award and received a further $100.
Winner 1: Megan Evans (Department of Pharmacology) - "Placental Stem Cells: A future therapy for stroke"
Winner 1: Victor Suturin (Department of Physiology) – "The killer cure"
Winner 1: Danielle Rhodes (Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology) – "Katanin: A Cellular Samurai"
Winner 1: Jessica Van Gent (Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology) -"Deal or No Deal: Cell fate choices in the developing testis".
Winner 1: Mohsin Sarwar (Department of Pharmacology) - "The mechanisms of relaxin's cardiovascular effects".
Winner 1: Dana Briggs (Department of Physiology) - "The future is fat".
Winner 1: Renee Duncan (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) - "MASP-2 and C1s: the samurai of complement".