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Brevity and brilliance to meet at thesis contest


Published on 17 July 2014

Matters of life, death, video games and chocolate will all be up for brief and dynamic discussion on Friday 18 July when two rapid-fire competitions cap off Research Week at USC.

The final day of the University’s annual research showcase at the Innovation Centre auditorium will see 26 USC researchers across diverse fields rise to the challenge of summarising their projects in either three minutes, or just 60 seconds.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition from 10am to 10.45am will see nine Higher Degree by Research students explain their complex work in record time.

Topics this year range from end of life nursing care to the impact of video games on the identity of adolescent girls.

USC Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research Professor Roland De Marco said the aim was for students to engage a general audience with dynamic summaries of their research.

“It gives the students valuable research training experience and skills development,” Professor De Marco said.

The 3MT presentations will be followed from 11.15am by the ‘A Minute to Win It – My Research in 60 Seconds’, where 17 USC academics will present their ideas in an informal and fun fashion. Their topics will range from innovative energy materials to the question of whether gravity sucks the oxygen out of your head.

Professor De Marco, who is also one of the presenters, said the competition challenged researchers to put across a core idea much more succinctly than would usually be the case.

“With only one minute on the clock and one PowerPoint slide allowed, it’s a hard-hitting, rapid-fire opportunity to make their ideas known,” he said.

The theme of USC’s 2014 Research Week (14-18 July) is ‘Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate – Research That Matters’. By tomorrow afternoon, it will have featured more than 80 presentations across the fields of Arts, Health and Science.

– David Cameron


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