QAAFI 3MT: Time to inspire

Each year QAAFI Higher Degree Research students challenge their communication skills in the exciting Three Minute Thesis Competition.

Developed in 2008 by the University of Queensland, the 3MT is a fantastic opportunity for students to share their research with the wider community and gain invaluable experience developing their presentation skills. Taking the form of a research communication competition, students must meet the challenge of effectively explaining their research in under three minutes to a non-specialist audience. Students gain invaluable experience developing presentation skills, and gain the opportunity to network with fellow researchers and industry bodies as they progress through the ranks of the competition. 

An 80,000 word PhD thesis would take 9 hours to present. Their time limit... 3 minutes.

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Congratulations to Anahita Mizani, from QAAFI's Centre for Plant Science, for her presentation at the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. 

After winning the QAAFI heat and All-Institute final, Anahita presented “Size Does Matter” to the packed auditorium to compete against seven fellow finalists.
 

“Participating in the three minute thesis competition gave me the opportunity to hone my skills in distilling and communicating information to tell a complex story," Ms Mizani said.

Anahita’s success continues the strong performance of QAAFI’s talented RHD cohort at the UQ 3MT All-Institute’s finals since 2013, when QAAFI first began enrolling RHD students. Since that time, a  QAAFI student has been selected to represent the UQ institutes at the UQ 3MT finals each year: 




2017
Anahita Mizani, CPS. Does Size Matter? 

2016
Ghanendra Gartaula, CNAFS. Is wheat porridge possible?

2015
Cecile Richard, CPS. Root out hunger with drought-proof wheat (winner).
Madeleine Gleeson, CPS. Dear avocado, why won't you root? (People's choice winner)

2014
Honglei (Holly) Zhai, CNAFS. More cereals in your diet-Less fat in your body (UQ Wildcard winner won People’s choice in UQ competition).
Greta Busch, CAS. A paralysing problem (runner up).

2013
Karishma Mody, CPS. 'Single n Hot' - The new nanovaccine.

Prizes


The UQ Graduate School will award the following prizes at the 2017 UQ 3MT Final

  • Winner: $5000 grant provided by UniBank, Grand Sponsor of the 2017 UQ 3MT Final
  • Runner Up: $2000 grant, sponsored by Boeing
  • People's Choice: $1000 grant, provided by Alumni Friends, donators of the 3MT People's Choice award

In 2017, in celebration of the Alumni Friends Golden Jubilee, Alumni Friends are generously donating prizes to the value of $1,000 each for the 8 finalists competing in the 2017 UQ 3MT Final.  A summary of the prizes for each of the finalists are listed below:

  • Faculty of Business, Economics and Law: Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Golden Jubilee Prize
  • Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology: Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Golden Jubilee Prize: The Brian McGrath Bursary
  • Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences: Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Golden Jubilee Prize
  • Faculty of Medicine: Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Golden Jubilee Prize: The Dr Konrad Hirschfeld CBE Award
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Golden Jubilee Prize: Fisher Family Award
  • Faculty of Science: Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Golden Jubilee Prize: The Lorna McCreadie Award
  • All-Institutes: Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Golden Jubilee Prize: The Moffett Family Award
  • Wildcard entrant: Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Golden Jubilee Prize

The winner of the UQ Final will also represent UQ at the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition.

 

Resources for UQ competitors


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