PhD students are preparing for the annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, which will see candidates progress through heats as they develop critical communication skills and compete for the ultimate $5,000 travel grant prize.
The 3MT is a transnational competition for university students, requiring PhD candidates to present on their thesis topic in a succinct manner to engage a broad audience.
Students are judged on their ability to communicate the purpose and value of their thesis to a non-specialised audience, without relegating the significance of their research, or reducing it to entertainment value alone. While each heat winner receives a monetary prize, attending the information sessions and participating in the event is particularly beneficial in developing important communication skills.
The University heats and finals are open to the public and Flinders staff are encouraged to attend, to support students and learn about their research.
First round heats will commence on 6 July with the University final taking place on 31 August 2018. The winner will then progress through to the Asia-Pacific competition, held in Brisbane, Australia in September 2018.