Monday, 12 September 2022
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Naisan Yazdani won the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition having competed among other fellow CDU and Menzies PhD candidates.
Naisan Yazdani won the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition having competed among other fellow CDU and Menzies PhD candidates.

Research into tackling poverty in Timor Leste wins CDU three-minute thesis competition

A PhD research thesis on private tutoring in the developing world has won the CDU round of this year’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

College of Indigenous Futures, Education, and the Arts PhD candidate Naisan Yazdani’s winning presentation, titled “Private Tutoring in the Developing World” faced stiff competition from eleven fellow CDU and Menzies School of Health Research PhD candidates.

The University of Queensland developed the 3MT competition in 2008, which is now an annual research communication competition held at 600 universities and institutions worldwide.

The aim is to encourage researchers to communicate complex research in a short three-minute presentation, with competitors assessed on comprehension, content, engagement, and communication.

Naisan Yazdani received a $1500 research grant for taking out the CDU title and will now represent the university at the virtual Asia Pacific 3MT Final on October 19 2022, where he will take on competitors from other parts of Australia as well as those from New Zealand, Oceania, North-East Asia, and South-East Asia.

The runner-up at the CDU competition was Menzies School of Health Research Kobi Schutz for her presentation on improving the management of bronchiectasis.

Research into respectful maternity care and its association with child health scored Menzies PhD candidate, Emily Bowden, third place.

Angel Morones, a PhD Candidate from the College of College of Engineering, IT and Environment won the People’s Choice Award with his research, “Infected metals: exposing high chromium samples to Pseudomonas Aeruginosa.”

CDU Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation Professor Steve Rogers said the 3MT was an important concept to support researchers in developing vital communication skills.

“The 3MT is a fantastic opportunity for researchers to share their research findings with the public while also honing their personal skills for engaging communication,” Professor Rogers said.

Professor Rogers encouraged all PhD candidates to participate in future 3MT competitions, particularly in an era where there was an increasing demand to demonstrate the impact and relevance of research.