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Three Minute Thesis Competition

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This entertaining event gives thesis students the chance to present their research to a large audience while competing for a number of generous prizes, with the overall University of Otago Doctoral winner going on to participate in the Asia-Pacific 3MT final. We also have the opportunity to send the best Master's contestant to represent the University in the New Zealand Masters 3MT National Inter-University Challenge.

The competition is open to both thesis Master’s and Doctoral students, who must communicate their research in no more than three minutes, with the help of only one static slide, and the presentation should be aimed at a non-specialist audience.

Have a look at past years' events on our archive page.

University of Otago Grand Final 2019

Grand Final

Thursday 1 August, 5pm | Final | Quad 2 Lecture Theatre | 362 Leith Street North Dunedin

Congratulations to our winners, and to all 11 finalists who competed to a very high standard in the Grand Final. And a big thank you to everyone who helped with the event, and came along and supported on the night.

Best Doctoral presentation

Cassie Stylianou | Health Sciences | Topic: Unravelling the genetic variants underlying inherited endometrial cancer risk

Cassie now competes in the 2019 Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, on 4 October 2019.

Best Master’s presentation

Jonah Belk | Sciences | Topic: Modelling the passive dynamics of spider locomotion through robotic design

Jonah now competes in the 2019 New Zealand Inter-University Master’s 3MT Final at the University of Otago, Dunedin, on 22 August.

People’s Choice award

Jeff Doherty | Sciences | Topic: The “suicidal” cricket and the hairworm

Jeff, along with Cassie and Karun Rawat, now will compete in an online 3MT competition to be run by the Matariki Network of Universities later in the year.

Doctoral category finalists

Cassie Stylianou | Health Sciences | Topic: Unravelling the genetic variants underlying inherited endometrial cancer risk
Cherie McConville | Commerce | Topic: No one left behind: Adventure for Everyone
Jason Chua | Health Sciences | Topic: Aligning recommended knee osteoarthritis inventions with what people want
Jeff Doherty | Sciences | Topic: The “suicidal” cricket and the hairworm
Karun Rawat | Commerce | Topic: Emotions experienced by high-altitude mountain guides who guide above death zone
Laura Schilperoort | Humanities | Topic: Practising gender equality: Church-going couples' experiences of egalitarianism and tools for counter-cultural living
Victoria Purdy | Sciences | Topic: Fingerprinting New Zealand hops: Can we expand the NZ hop industry?

Masters' category finalists

Jonah Belk | Sciences | Topic: Modelling the passive dynamics of spider locomotion through robotic design
Madeline McIntyre Wilson |Health Sciences | Topic: Investigating combination gene and drug therapies as potential treatments for CLN6 batten's disease in children
Megha Sethi |Sciences | Topic: Invertebrate response to water abstraction
Rebecca Kennedy-Perkins | Humanities | Topic: Greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture, should we give a cow?

Prizes

Doctoral winner

  • NZ$750 grant to contribute towards your research
  • Return flights to 2019 Three Minute Thesis Asia-Pacific Final in Brisbane. Proudly sponsored by Helloworld
  • Accommodation and transfer costs Dunedin-Brisbane return

Master's

  • NZ$500 grant to contribute towards your research
  • NZ$250 travel voucher (towards travel booking with Dunedin store). Proudly sponsored by Helloworld

People’s Choice

  • NZ$250 grant to contribute towards your research
  • Travel suitcase – Proudly sponsored by Helloworld

Finalists

  • All finalists receive a goodie bag and NZ$50 travel voucher (towards travel booking with Dunedin store). Proudly sponsored by Helloworld.

Thank you to our sponsor: Helloworld

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University of Otago Grand Final 2018

The 2018 Three Minute Thesis Competition final was held on Friday 3 August on the Dunedin campus - we are excited to share the winning participants' presentations below.

Tess Soulié

Congratulations to Tess Soulié, a PhD candidate from the Dean's Department, University of Otago Wellington, whose talk entitled The therapeutic crafting of love: journey to the core of the clinical encounter with patients at risk for suicide based on her PhD Clinical suicidologists: Exploration of representations and implications for therapeutic stance. Tess received a NZ$750 research grant courtesy of the University of Otago and will represent Otago at the Asia-Pacific Three Minute Thesis Competition at the University of Queensland on 27 September 2018. Her travel to this event has been generously covered by helloworld Dunedin, official sponsor for the University of Otago 3MT event.

Yasmin Nouri

The Master’s winner title, and a NZ$750 University of Otago research grant, went to Yasmin Nouri, a Master’s student from Genetics, Health Sciences with her presentation entitled Using 3D organoids to model hereditary stomach cancer. The University also sponsored Yasmin to represent Otago at the Master’s 3MT National Inter-University Challenge at the University of Canterbury on 23 August 2018 and we are delighted to announce that she was judged overall winner - congratulations Yasmin!

Emer Lyons

The PhD Peopleʻs Choice Award went to Emer Lyons, from English and Linguistics, Humanities for her presentation entitled Shaming the personal in queer lyric poetry based on her PhD A critical/creative comparison of queer poetics between Ireland and New Zealand. Emer received a NZ$200 research grant from the University of Otago, to add to the NZ$300 she received from the Division of Humanities for winning her Divisional Heat in July.

Christopher Kaldor

The Master’s People's Choice Award went to Christopher Kaldor, from Pathology, Health Sciences University of Otago Christchurch, for his presentation entitled NET-formation in the context of pneumonia. Chris received a NZ$200 research grant from the University of Otago, to add to the NZ$300 he received from the Dean's Office, University of Otago Christchurch, for winning his Divisional Heat in July.

Thanks again to all the 2018 competitors, event helpers and supporters – hope to see you next year!

View footage of the event

Our other finalists:

PhD Finalists
Alistair Richardson – Chemistry, Sciences
Emer Lyons – English and Linguistics, Humanities
Jessica Young – DSM - General Practice and Rural Health, Health Sciences, Dunedin
Mark Millin – Economics, Commerce
Marshall Lewis – Anthropology and Archaeology, Humanities
Tess Soulie – Dean's Department, Health Sciences, UOW
Zoe Ward – Medicine, Health Sciences, UOC

Masters' Finalists
An Nguyen – Marketing, Commerce
Angel McNamara – History and Art History, Humanities
Christopher Kaldor – Pathology, Health Sciences, UOC
Kanon Jatuworapruk – Medicine, Health Sciences, UOW
Rossana Boni – Bioengineering, Sciences
Yasmin Nouri – Genetics, Health Sciences, Dunedin

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