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HDR Communication Competitions

Virtual Three Minute Thesis and Visualise your Thesis

In 2020, CDU is taking part in the Virtual Three Minute Thesis and the Visualise your Thesis Competitions

Expressions of Interest to enter these competitions close 19 June.

Entries close 31 July.

Entries for these competitions may be displayed during CDU's Virtual Open day on August 23*.

See below for more details about these competitions.

*Competitors may be required to be available online for an hour on that day to answer any questions the audience may have.

Virtual Three Minute Thesis 

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) looks a little different this year due. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 3MT in 2020 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.

Active PhD candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of their first virtual presentation are eligible to participate in 3MT competitions at all levels, including the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition. Graduates are not eligible.

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 https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/watch-3mt for examples of previous winners.

Training in Virtual Three Minute Thesis presentations, will be held on Friday 10th July (TBC)

CDU entries are due to the Office of Research and Innovation by 31 July.

Heats will be run if necessary. 

For the CDU competition, the prizes are:

  • Winner $1500 research grant
  • Runner Up $1000 research grant
  • Viewer’s Choice $500 research grant

The CDU winner will be invited to submit an entry in the 2020 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.

Visualise your Thesis

Visualise your Thesis is an international competition for graduate researchers, created by the University of Melbourne. Entry is open to currently-enrolled 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. See https://visualiseyourthesis.figshare.com/ for entries from previous years.

Entries for the CDU Visualise your Thesis competition are due to the Office of Research and Innovation by 31 July.

For the CDU competition, the prizes are:

  • Winner $1500 research grant
  • Runner Up $1000 research grant
  • Viewer’s Choice $500 research grant

The winning entry (first place) will represent Charles Darwin University in the 2020 Visualise Your Thesis International Competition, which will be held online. Check the international competition website for prize details (https://research.unimelb.edu.au/visualiseyourthesis)