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Graduate Research Festival 2019

Graduate Research festival

This year's Graduate Research Festival runs from Monday 29 July to Friday 9 August. We have collaborated with colleagues and services around the University to put together a diverse range of events designed to enhance your study experience, help you prepare for the future, and to celebrate the achievements of fellow graduate students.

Pick out a few events that interest you, take some time-out to see what the student research community at Otago is up to.

The Festival welcomes all members of the graduate research community: graduate students, supervisors, academics, and staff members with a role supporting graduate students.


Research Student Symposium

3–4 August

Castle Lecture Theatre Complex

The 2019 Student Research Symposium is an opportunity for students – both postgraduate and undergraduate – to share their research with the wider academic community.

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3-Minute Thesis: Heats and Grand Final

2 July: Christchurch campus

3 July: Wellington campus

8-11 July: Dunedin campus divisional heats

1 August: Final

This entertaining event gives thesis students the chance to present their research to a large audience while competing for a number of generous prizes. The competition is open to both thesis Master’s and Doctoral students, who must communicate their research in no more than 3 minutes, with the help of only 1 static slide. The presentation should be aimed at a non-specialist audience.

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Research Elevator Pitch

3–4 August

Screened in Castle Theatre Complex

Do you want to share your research in short, sharp way? Then communicate your research in the form of an attention-grabbing elevator pitch. Find yourself an elevator and film yourself pitching your research in 1 minute or less. Remember, you will be communicating to a diverse audience, so think about making your research as accessible as possible. Nowhere near an elevator? Then pitch from the comfort of your own desk, or any other location that inspires you! Not sure where to begin, we've put together a few helpful tips.

Register your entry by 4:00pm, 26 July


3-Minute Thesis: New Zealand Inter-University Master's Final

22 August, 5:30pm

Marama Hall

University of Otago is hosting the 2019 New Zealand Inter-University Masters Finals. See the winners from New Zealand universities compete for the title, which could take them to the overseas competition. Same rules: 3 minutes, 1 slide, and be aimed at a general audience.

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2019 OUSA Supervisors of the Year Competition

Voting has now closed for this year’s OUSA Supervisors of the Year Awards. This is your chance to nominate your supervisor(s) and give them the recognition they deserve for all their hard work. These Awards are given to those supervisors who have shown themselves to excel in the supervisor role, as judged by the esteem of their students. Cast your vote!

Additional events will be added as details are finalised.