A thesis in 3 minutes?!

UC students studying a higher degree by research (HDR) will be competing in the upcoming UC 3-minute thesis finals being held at the Ann Harding Conference Centre on August 31st.

Students must present an entire thesis in an engaging form to an audience with no background in the research area and do so in only 180 seconds! For reference is usually takes about 9 hours to present an 80,000-word PhD! The competition started in 2008 at the University of Queensland and is now international, with universities from all over the world competing in various contests.

Competing UC HDR students are in the running for a major prize of $4,000 towards their research. The public is also invited to vote for their favourite thesis with the winner of the People’s Choice Award winning $1,000 towards their research.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research & Enterprise, Professor Lucy Johnston, came into the studio to chat with Ben about the upcoming competition and what it takes to be able to pitch a thesis in only 3 minutes!

For more information on the 3-minute thesis competition and how you can vote for your favourite thesis click here.

Listen to the interview below:

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