3MT past winners
Sarah Marley, from the Centre for Marine Science and Technology, was not only judged winner of the Curtin final, but went on to win the Trans-Tasman 3MT final held at the University of Western Australia, ahead of 47 other contestants representing universities from around Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. Speaking to Curtin staff after her triumph, Sarah said “Previously there has been a strong focus on presenting research academically, through conference talks and journal articles. But it is just as important to communicate research to the general public. Events like 3MT are an important way of not only training young researchers in important communication skills, but making it fun to do so”.
The Three Minute Thesis Competition 2011, was organised by the Curtin University Postgraduate Student Association (CUPSA). In total, twelve students participated in the preliminary heats and four students were shortlisted to compete in the final competition. Ms Bich Nguyen won the competition and participated in grand final held at the University of Western Australia, Perth on 29 September 2011. Ms Neeti Trivedi, a research student from the Faculty of Humanities won the People’s Choice Award.
Bich Nguyen (PhD student in the Faculty of Humanities) Curtin Winner
“Being a shy person by nature, I forced myself to participate in this contest to become more confident. After the contest, I did feel more confident about speaking in front of an intellectual public about my research project.”
Chandana Kulasuriya (PhD student in the Faculty of Science and Engineering) First Runner-up
“I really enjoyed participating in the 3MT Competition. Not only I enjoyed, but also I learnt a lot. My native language is not English; hence the 3MT Competition was really a challenge for me. However by participating in the competition I gained confidence and it helped me a lot to develop my presentation skills. Therefore I consider it as a ‘learning experience’ rather than a ‘competition’. How much you learn about swimming, you will not be able to swim till you get into the water. Likewise, how much you learn about presentation skills, you will not be able to do a presentation until you do a real presentation. In the swimming pool you start at 3 feet depth, so why not start from a 3 minute presentation?”
Nick Pendergrast (PhD student in the Faculty of Humanities) Finalist
“I really enjoyed participating in last year’s 3MT competition. It was useful practise in terms of communicating ideas in a clear and concise way. It also helped me narrow down my PhD thesis, by forcing me to sum it up in 3 minutes and really focus in on the key themes my thesis is exploring. It was also very interesting to get insight into so many different theses all in just a couple of hours!”
Caris Lae Jalla (MPhil student from the Faculty of Health Sciences) Finalist
Neeti Trivedi (PhD student in the Faculty of Humanities) Winner of People’s Choice Award
“Participating in 3MT competition was an exciting and challenging experience. It was definitely a thought-provoking process of defining thesis in just 3 minutes. The process has absolutely boosted my confidence towards my research, and has improved my presentation skills. Reflection on key terms and ideas, communication in a concise way and a big smile on your face is the way to go. Overall, it was a very stimulating process to see every presenter’s passion towards their theses.”