3MT, it was dynamite

If someone offered you three minutes, one slide and no props to explain complex academic concepts and niche research, would you be able to do it?

Today at the University’s Kingswood campus, 13 PhD students not only took on the Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) challenge, they all succeeded in a highly competitive and entertaining event.

Supported by UniBank, 3MT was an excellent opportunity for students, from across a variety of Schools and Institutes, to hone their pitching and research communication skills in plain English in a tight time frame.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Graduate Studies) Professor James Arvanitakis congratulated all the participants, noting: “Our University is embedded in the community and our students’ work directly influences lives in western Sydney – today we see that in action”.

Taking out first place in the competition, Elisa Stefaniak, from Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, delivered a compelling piece cleverly outlining her work in applying the economic principle of save and spend to plant life.

“By applying maths and equations, we learn how plants spend carbon and we learn about energy currency, which reveals how plants survive when the environment gets difficult,” said Elisa.

Runner up and people’s choice award winner, Josephine Canceri, from School of Medicine, used her three minutes to convey her complex work into understanding the influence of sex hormones on Mal de Debarquement Syndrome – noting the important work done within the local community during the research.

As first prize winner, Elisa was awarded $3000 and Josephine took home two cheques of $1000, one for runner up and another prize for People's Choice. Prize money was generously donated by UniBank and presented by general manager Mike Lanzing.

This year’s cohort of 3MTers should be proud of their outstanding presentations.


24 August, 2018

Clare Patience, senior media officer