SEH 3 Minute Thesis Competition

Imagine explaining your life's work in three minutes.

The Asia-Pacific Three Minute Thesis Competition is an annual research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland.

Students must present their research and its significance in three minutes or less. The challenge is to present complex research information in an engaging, accessible and compelling way using language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience with the aid of only a single PowerPoint slide.

The College 3 Minute Thesis Competition was held on 18 August. The audience heard 15 presentations from HDR students representing all Schools in the College, on topics as diverse as the psychology of video games and the use of exhaust gases for generating electricity in cars.

Participants of the 2016 SEH College 3MT competiton

Finalists of the College 3 Minute Thesis Competition together with the judging panel. Top row from left to right: Professor Min Gu (judge), Mr John Allison (judge), Ms Robyn Phillips (judge), Amanda Vannitamby, Victoria Austin, Simone De Luca, Andrew Valentine, Bradley Orr, Bhagya Wickramasinghe, Jeffery Young, Sathya Chandrasekharan, Vivek Ravindran. Front row from left to right: Mitchell Sarpi, Raymond Trevorah, Rhys Cartlidge, Yaguang Tao.


The winner was Jeffery Young (School of Engineering) for his presentation titled ‘Mobile foot progression angle correction system’.

The runner-up was Vivek Ravindran (School of Science) for his presentation titled ‘Fate of bioplastics in Australia’.

The People’s Choice awardee was Sathyanarayanan Chandrasekharan (School of Engineering) for his presentation titled ‘Cooperation in wireless networks’.

University final

Jeffery and Vivek competed in the RMIT 3 Minute Thesis final for the opportunity to represent RMIT University at the Asia-Pacific 3 Minute Thesis Competition. Well done to Vivek who was runner-up.

Previous winners

  • 2015 Winner – Kate Polglaze, School of Medical Sciences
    “Helicobacter pylori and a gutful of serotonin”
  • 2014 Winner – Hua Qian Ang, School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering 
    “'Nature: the future of automotive safety'”
  • 2013 Winner – Daniel Oldfield, School of Applied Sciences 
    “The pencil: fifty shades of graphene”
  • 2012 Winner – Tapasi Mukherjee, School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering
    “The humble sweet corn”
  • 2011 Winner – Hsiewe Ying (Amy) Tan, School of Health Sciences
    “Chinese herbal medicine treatment for atopic dermatitis”
  • 2010 Winner – Ali Daliri, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
    “Wireless Structural Health Monitoring”

Further details

Contact Fraser Rogerson for any further enquiries.