Three Minute Thesis final

Published: Wednesday 2nd September 2015

The heat will soon be on for ACU’s PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) students as they compete in the ACU Three Minute Thesis Final competition on Friday 11 September.

Usually, an 80,000 word thesis would take nine hours to present.  However, in 3MT students have just three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

The initial heats were held last week at the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane campuses.  The top presenters from these initial heats will now present their research in Melbourne on Friday 11 September.

The following students will take place in the final:

  • Don Parker, School of Philosophy, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy will speak on ‘Know thyself. Psychoanalysis and the Enlightenment Project’
  • Holly Rominov, School of Psychology, Faculty of Health Sciences will speak on ‘Mechanisms impacting the relationship between fathers' mental health and child outcome’
  • Jill Leckey, Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research will speak on ‘Carbohydrate dependence during intense endurance exercise’
  • Rose Ferguson, School of Psychology, Faculty of Health Sciences will speak on ‘Flexible Morality: Testing Assumptions of Moral Credits Models of Moral Balancing’
  • Elodie Chaplais, School of Exercise Science, Faculty of Health Sciences will speak on ‘Big and breakable: Bone health in adolescents with obesity’
  • Brooke Van Zanden, Institute for Positive Psychology and Education will speak on ‘Understanding Gender Differences in Young People’s Motivation and Educational Attainment: Do Gendered Educational Outcomes Vary as a Function of Social and Cultural Background?’

The winner of the ACU final will then compete in the 2015 Trans-Tasman finals at the University of Queensland on 2 October 2015.

According to Dean of Research Professor Patrick Heaven 3MT is a valuable exercise in developing academic and research communication skills.

“It is not an exercise in trivialising or ‘dumbing-down’ research but forces students to consolidate their ideas and crystallise their research discoveries,” he said.

3MT competitions are held in at least 170 universities across more than 17 countries worldwide.

ACU has held a 3MT competition since 2010.  Last year’s winner, Lynette Riley, a PhD student at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE) impressed the judges with her presentation Conditions of Success for Aboriginal Students.  Ms Riley also won the People’s Choice Award, as voted by members of the audience.

The ACU Final will be held on Friday 11 September from 1.30 – 3.30 pm in the Christ Lecture Theatre in Melbourne.  

To RSVP, please email or phone 03 9953 3657 to confirm your attendance and advise any special dietary requirements.