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Researchers clock on for competition finals


4 July 2013

The stopwatches are set for an exciting finish to the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Research Week tomorrow (Friday 5 July) with two rapid-fire contests and the announcement of overall winners vying for more than $11,000 in prizes.

On the final day of the University’s annual research showcase, two competitions in the USC Innovation Centre auditorium will challenge a total of 23 USC researchers across diverse fields to summarise their projects in either three minutes, or just 60 seconds.

Seven HDR (Higher Degree by Research) students will do battle in the final of the popular Three Minute Thesis competition between 10am and 10.30am.

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,” he said.

Topics this year range from alternative fuels to body image and the USC winner will be able to compete in the 2013 Australian and New Zealand competition.

A new competition based on an even shorter time frame will be ‘A Minute to Win It – My Research in 60 Seconds’, where topics will range from cutting-edge engineering research “toys” to the effects of garden environments on dementia patients.

Sixteen research academics will present between 11am and noon in the 60 Seconds competition, immediately followed by the announcement of about a dozen awards from the week’s categories until 12.15pm.

USC Research Week (1-5 July) has featured more than 70 presentations from Arts to Health to Science and everything in between, as well as a new Art in Research Exhibition which also will be judged tomorrow.

Julie Schomberg

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