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CDU 3MT and Visualise Your Thesis 2021

Visualise Your Thesis 2021

Visualise your Thesis (VYT) is an international competition for graduate researchers, created by the University of Melbourne.

ELIGIBILITY: Entry is  open  to currently-enrolled CDU PhD and Master by Research candidates who are active and attending. It is suitable for all disciplines and for students at any stage of their candidature.

Competitors present their projects in a 60-second, eye-catching, audio-visual digital display. Using a pre-supplied template, they are tasked with developing a striking e-poster presentation that succinctly describes their research, and its potential benefits, to a non-specialist audience.

The winning entry (first place) will represent Charles Darwin University in the 2021 Visualise Your Thesis International Competition, which will be held online. Check the international competition website for prize details (

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Virtual Three Minute Thesis 2021

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) looks a little different these days. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 3MT in 2021 involves pre-recorded presentations, rather than live presentations in front of an audience, as was the format in the previous years. Please note: competitors *will not* be judged on video/ recording quality or editing capabilities (optional inclusions). Judging will focus on the presentation, ability to communicate research to a non-specialist audience, and 3MT PowerPoint slide.


Competitors must:

  • be a CDU PhD Candidates (Masters by Research candidates are NOT ELIGIBLE for the 3MT)
  • have passed their Confirmation of Candidature by the date of their first virtual presentation and
  • be active (enrolled, not on LOA).

Competitors have 3 minutes to effectively explain their research in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. The 3MT competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills.  See for examples of previous winners.

The CDU winner will be invited to submit an entry in the 2021 Virtual Asia-Pacific 3MT Final. They have the option to either submit their current presentation or rerecord and submit a new presentation. Prizes for the Asia Pacific competition include research travel grants between $1000 and $5000.

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