Eight of UniSA’s brightest PhD students will have just three minutes to explain their 80,000 word research thesis in everyday language when they take part in the Three Minute Thesis UniSA Grand Final tomorrow (Wednesday).
The competition will cover research topics including flesh-eating bugs in the health care system and wireless communication in implanted medical devices, through to company survival and supply chain design.
Participants are: Natalie Stevens and Emily Johnston from the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, Sheheryar Khan and Mohsen Versei from the School of Management, Cassie Hilditch from the Centre for Sleep Research, Yinyue Qiu from the Institute for Telecommunications Research, Alex Cavallaro from the School of Engineering, and Luisa Matacin from the School of Education.
The winner will receive $3000 cash and go on to compete in the Trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis competition in Perth in November.
UniSA’s Acting Dean: Graduate Studies, Dr Marguerite Kolar, says the competition is a great opportunity for participants to refine their research communication skills and showcase their work to an audience.
“One of the best aspects of the competition is that it draws attention to our PhD students,” she says.
“These students contribute to the University’s research output and are often quiet achievers, so it’s great to put them in the spotlight.”
Last year’s winner, Demi Gao, went on to place inside the top eight at the Trans-Tasman competition.
More than 150 people will attend tomorrow’s event which is being held in the SAHMRI building at 10.30am.
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