Each year Graduate Research students in the Monash BDI have the opportunity to compete in our Three Minute Thesis completion.
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 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".