19 August 2015

UniSA's 2014 3MT winner Emily JohnstonNine of UniSA’s brightest PhD students will have just three minutes to explain their research projects in everyday language when they take part in the Three Minute Thesis UniSA Grand Final tomorrow (Thursday).

The competition will cover research topics including cancer, robots, management and ethnic identity.

Participants are: Mahmoud Bassal from the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences; Ming Sum (Andy) Chan (School of Management); Daniel Griffiths (School of Engineering); Simone Marino (School of Communication, International Studies and Languages); Kevin Rogers (School of Engineering); Bastian Stoehr (Mawson Institute); Sarah Quinn (School of Education); Lih Yin Tan (School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences); and Minhua Yang (School of Commerce).

The winner will receive a $3000 research travel grant and will go on to compete in the Trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis competition in Brisbane in October.

UniSA’s Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor Pat Buckley, says the competition is a great opportunity for participants to practise their research communication skills and showcase their work to an interested audience.

“The competitors present their research in clear, non-technical language, using just one visual slide,” Prof Buckley says.

“It’s quite a challenge to sum up 80,000 words in just three minutes. Communicating complex science in everyday language is a very important skill for researchers, and something that this exciting competition both recognises and celebrates.

“Our PhD students are key contributors to the University’s research activity and productivity, so it’s great to have them in the spotlight.”

About 150 people will attend tomorrow’s event which is being held in the Bradley Forum at City West campus at 10am.  

Media note: Media are welcome to attend or follow-up after the event. Please contact Kelly Stone.

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