The BDI Graduate School Three Minute Thesis Competition will be held on
Tuesday 4th June 2019 at 3pm-4pm, in South 1 lecture theatre (43 Rainforest Walk).
What is the Three Minute Thesis Competition?
Graduate Research students have three minutes to explain what they are researching in language that can be understood by a general audience. Students are only allowed to use one slide to assist them.
Students 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.
The top two candidates of the BDI Graduate School competition will go on to compete in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences final on Monday 17th June for a chance to compete in the University final.
Interested students must register for the competition online: here
Online registration closes Sunday 7th April.
Registering students should also email their departmental Graduate Research 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 below).
- 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 adhere to that of the Asia-Pacific competition found at:
BDI Graduate School Competition Prizes
- Winner 1: $200
- Winner 2: $200
- 3rd place: $100
Sunday 7th April
Competition registrations close
Monday 8th April – Friday 31st May
Departmental heats to be held
Tuesday 4th June
BDI Graduate School Three Minute Thesis competition
Monday 17th June
Faculty MNHS 3MT Final
(1.30pm – 3.30pm, venue TBA)
15th – 19th July (TBC)
Thursday 15th August (TBC)
Monash Three Minute Thesis competition final
Friday 4th October
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".