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Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) 2021

Monash VYT Final

Congratulations to all of our 2021 Monash VYT participants! We are pleased to announce the winners;

First Place - Mitko Oldfield, Faculty of Science

Second Place - Brian Jong, Faculty of Engineering

Third Place - Lucy Cooper, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Showcase your research

Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) was developed in 2015 by the University of Melbourne.

The competition calls for participants to create an engaging 60 second audio visual representation of their thesis and the potential benefits of their research, that can be received by a general audience, using a pre-supplied template.

View the 2020 entries here.

Entry is open to currently-enrolled graduate researchers (i.e. students enrolled in M.Phil., Masters by Research, Ph.D. or Professional Doctorate programmes) at any stage of their candidature who are active and attending.

Monash will run its own local competition, with the winner being submitted to the online international competition.

Why participate?

  • Showcase your graduate research project
  • Celebrate your research and raise your public profile - entries will be published on our Monash VYT Bridges site
  • Develop your ability to effectively present your research to a general audience
  • Build essential digital communication skills
  • Great professional development opportunity - students who submit an entry that is assessed as eligible by the Monash University Copyright Adviser will receive 2 hours of MDP credit
  • Have the chance to win great prizes, and represent Monash at the international final (online)
Monash University1st Prize$1000
Represent Monash at the international final (online)
2nd Prize$500
3rd Prize$250
International VYT Final (online)1st Prize$5000
2nd Prize$2000
3rd Prize$1000


The Visualise Your Thesis competition is open to currently-enrolled graduate researchers (i.e. students enrolled in M.Phil., Masters by Research, Ph.D. or Professional Doctorate programmes) at any stage of their candidature who are active and attending.

Please note that all entrants must;

  • be currently enrolled and not on a leave of absence;
  • work within copyright parameters of the Competition;
  • use the provided template.

Not eligible to enter the competition are;

  • Honours students
  • Masters by coursework students (even if their program has a research/thesis component)
  • Graduate researchers on a leave of absence (e.g. inactive and not attending)
  • Lapsed candidate
  • Graduate researchers who are employed by the university who may have, or may be perceived to have, influence over the competition outcome, research funding or related resourcing, or an otherwise unfair advantage over the other entrants from the university

Further details about the rules and requirements of the competition will be distributed to entrants upon registration.

How Does it Work?

1. Register your interest

  1. We will check your eligibility
  2. Once eligibility is confirmed, you will receive a Entrant Kit with information about how to participate, including the PowerPoint template you need to use
  3. Registrations close at 11.59pm (AEST) on 14 June 2021

2. Prepare your entry

  1. Create a 60 second, audio visual presentation of your research project using the PowerPoint template provided
  2. All entries will need to be reviewed by MGRO and our Copyright Adviser before submission (instructions for this can be found in your Competition Kit)

3. Submit your entry

  1. Upload your presentation video to Bridges
  2. Complete the ‘Submission Checklist’ form (provided with the Competition Kit)
  3. Entries must be submitted by 11.59pm (AEST) on 23 July 2021

Entries will be judged centrally by our judging panel. The winning entry from Monash University will be submitted to the International Visualise Your Thesis Competition.

Key dates

April-JuneRegistrations open
17 MayInformation Session
11 JuneInformation Session
14 JuneRegistrations close
23 JulySubmission deadline
25  AugustMonash winner announced 
October (TBA)International VYT Final

If you have any questions please contact the Monash Graduate Research Office

Judging Criteria


  • Does the entry provide an understanding of the research question being addressed, its significance, and potential impact?
  • Is the research communicated in a format and uses language appropriate for non-specialist audiences?
  • Is the entry free from jargon, unexplained acronyms and incomprehensible technical terms?
  • is the entry accessible to and respectful of diverse audiences?
  • Does the entry leave you inspired and curious?


  • Is the entry well designed, creative, innovative and engaging?
  • Is it visually striking and memorable?
  • Does it make best use of screen space available?
  • Does it make a good first impression and then offer rich content on further examination?
  • Were the timings, transitions and effects aligned to fit the 60 second timeframe?

SOUND (Optional)

If included;

  • If sound was used to convey information, was accessibility considered, e.g. by providing captions for voiceovers?
  • Did the music/sound contribute to the impact of the presentation?
  • Was the sound/music in keeping with the mood/style of the presentation?


Please refer to the copyright guidelines for information on copyright, citations and permissions.

The University of Melbourne has also provided some online resources to assist you with copyright compliance, protecting your copyright, and seeking permissions in relation to the Visualise Your Thesis competition.

PowerPoint Resources

Microsoft Office support and training:

Monash Education Academy (MEA):

MEA have an online Moodle unit - MEA: Enhance your PowerPoint Skills - that will assist you to develop a range of PowerPoint techniques including building charts & graphs, using animations and transitions, and manipulating images.

You can use this training unit purely as a resource, but if you would like it to contribute to your Professional Development hours for the MDP then complete the unit and the assessment task to receive 6 hours credit.


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Visualise Your Thesis is presented at Monash University by the

Monash Graduate Research Office (MGRO)

in collaboration with Monash University Library