3MT competition

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ). Research master's and doctoral students who have successfully passed the PGR9 are eligible to enter. Competitors have three minutes to present their thesis and its significance in an inspiring and captivating way.

Read more information about the 3MT Competition on the UQ website.

Previous 3MT Competitions

On 17 September AUT hosted the 2020 National Universities Masters 3MT Competition, the next level of competition for the 3MT for master’s research students. The master’s winners from universities across New Zealand had three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. This event took place online, with presentations by video submission.

Missed watching the 2020 National Universities Masters 3MT Competition live? A recording of the event is available for a limited time.

Access the event recording

Finalists

Competitors in the 2020 National Universities Masters 3MT Competition represented universities across New Zealand. This year’s competitors were:

  • Alana Thurston, Lincoln University
  • Erin Thomas, University of Auckland
  • Flynn Adcock, University of Canterbury
  • Kaitlin Button, University of Waikato
  • Marianne Carroll, Auckland University of Technology

Award Announcements

Judges

Dr Diana Siew

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Diana co-chairs the CMDT and is an Associate Director of the MedTech CoRE, responsible for strategy and industry relationships.

Dr Lyn Lavery

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Dr Lyn Lavery is the Director of Academic Consulting Ltd, a company with a longstanding reputation for providing support to both academic staff and postgraduate students at New Zealand universities.
Previously a lecturer at both University of Auckland and Massey University, she specialises in teaching research methods, particularly data analysis techniques and the skills needed to effectively communicate research findings. Lyn’s PhD is in the area of educational psychology, but her recent research has seen her work across a diverse range of fields including health, business, sport and exercise science, and social policy.

Professor Juliet Gerrard

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Professor Juliet Gerrard FRSNZ, FHonFRSC trained at Oxford University and moved to Aotearoa in 1993 where her career has included roles in both Crown Research Institutes and universities. Juliet’s research background is broad and interdisciplinary, with particular interests in fundamental and applied protein science. She has held an Industry and Outreach Fellowship with Callaghan Innovation, founded a start-up company, chaired the Marsden Council, and served on the Board of Directors of Plant and Food Research.

Since Juliet’s appointment in 2018 as the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Kaitohutohu Mātanga Pūtaiao Matua ki te Pirimia, she has worked from a base of four founding principles: rigour, inclusivity, transparency, and accessibility. She has supported the science and science advisor community to provide advice to the PM, ministers, and the public on a wide range of topics, including advice on the Christchurch mosque shootings, the response to the Whakaari | White Island eruption, and the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2019, the Office released a major report, Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealand, which created a vision for a new relationship with plastic.

Prizes and sponsorship

Prizes included:

  • Research awards
  • A Microsoft Surface Pro 5 from ICT services and Cyclone

Sponsorship

This event was sponsored by ICT and supplier partner Cyclone.

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For the first time the AUT 3MT Competition was virtual; master's and doctoral students gave their 3 minute research presentations by video submission. Finalists' videos had been selected from the pre-heats, with the finals event having taken place online on 4 September.

If you missed watching the 2020 Virtual AUT 3MT Competition live, don't worry, a recording of the event will be available for a limited time.

Access the event recording

Master's finalists

Doctoral finalists

3MT finalists

L to R: Afiq Abdul Hamid, David Gadnyx, Marianne Carroll, Negin Ahmadi Saber Doust, Alena Shannaq, Kaushalya Kumarasinghe, Megan Burfoot, Smita Keshoor

Winners

See all the AUT 3MT winners

Judges

Members of the judging panel were:

  • Associate Professor Jennie Billot, Head of Researcher Development
  • Ngaire Rix, Manager of Learning Success
  • Peter Jean-Paul, Winner of the 2019 AUT 3MT Competition

Prizes included

  • Research awards
  • A Microsoft Surface Pro 5 from ICT services and Cyclone
  • $50 of vouchers for Counter / Newsfeed / Refuel / Kaife / K101

Sponsorship

This event was sponsored by ICT and supplier partner Cyclone and AUT Cafes.

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AUT cafe logos

Finalists from the 2019 pre-heats competed in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition finals, explaining their research and its significance in a captivating and inspiring way. The finals took place on Friday 16 August, at the end of the 2019 Postgraduate Research Symposium day.

Read more information about the 2019 Postgraduate Research Symposium here.

2019 AUT 3MT Competition Finalists

Master's:

  • Saba Tavakolinejad: ;On the danger of Artificial Intelligence
  • Livvy Mitchell: Home Detention: Couch surfing or job preserving?
  • Devika Gopi: Executive functioning in Stroke

Doctoral:

  • Dwayne Woolliams: Impacting sport leadership one relationship at a time
  • Najmah Usman: "My baby deserves LOVE, not HIV"
  • William Caicedo: ISeeU: Visually Interpretable Deep Learning for Mortality Prediction Inside the ICU
  • Peter Jean-Paul: ;Investigating the value proposition of Energy Saving Devices
  • Mahesh Babu Purushothaman: Shed bias, astute work stress
  • Alena Shannaq: What makes students effective in their studies
  • Isaac Amoah: Bread with vegetables: for that feel full feeling and regulation of blood sugar

Access videos of the 2019 AUT 3MT Competition finalists' performances on the Thesislink YouTube channel.

Check out photos from the event on the Thesislink Facebook page.

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Saba Tavakolinejad took out the 2019 AUT 3MT Master's Competition Audience Vote. And, Livvy Mitchell, with her presentation, 'Home Detention: Couch surfing or job preserving?' won the 2019 AUT 3MT Master's Competition. It is with great excitement that we announce that Livvy went on to win the 2019 Three Minute Thesis New Zealand Inter-University Master's Final, hosted by the University of Otago in Dunedin.

Alena Shannaq, with her presentation 'What makes students effective in their studies' was the Runner-Up of the 2019 AUT 3MT Doctoral Competition. The winner of the 2019 doctoral competition was Peter Jean-Paul, with his presentation, 'Investigating the value proposition of Energy Saving Devices'. Peter also took out the Audience Vote for the 2019 Doctoral Competition. Peter went on to represent AUT at the Asia-Pacific Competition in Brisbane, Australia on 4 October, 2019.

The 2019 Postgraduate Research Symposium, inclusive of the AUT 3MT Competition finals, was sponsored by:

AUT ShopAUT Sport & Fitness CentresCycloneUBIQ

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In 2021 the AUT 3MT Competition was virtual for the second time. Doctoral students gave their 3 minute research presentations by video submission.

Finalists

The finalists of the 2021 AUT 3MT Competition were:

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Dhelipan Mahenthiran

Faculty of Design & Creative Technologies
School of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences
3MT Presentation Title: Fly Further with Hydrogen Copter

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Madeline Hayward

Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences
School of Clinical Sciences
3MT Presentation Title: Exploring police interactions with people experiencing mental distress in post-disaster Christchurch

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Megan Burfoot

Faculty of Design & Creative Technologies
School of Future Environments
3MT Presentation Title: THE CLASSROOM IS LISTENING

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Mitali Nautiyal

Faculty of Design & Creative Technologies
School of Art + Design
3MT Presentation Title: Apparel sustainability assessment tool

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Rashi Bhalla

Faculty of Design & Creative Technologies
School of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences
3MT Presentation Title: The Role of Big Data in Early Prediction of Asthma-related Emergency Department Visits and Admissions.

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Rezwana Karim Snigdha

Faculty of Culture & Society
School of Social Sciences and Public Policy
3MT Presentation Title: Beyond the gender binary: Hijra in Bangladesh

Winners

Winners of the AUT 3 Minute Thesis Competition (Thesislink)

Judges

The judging panel consisted of the following judges:

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Associate Professor Nigel Harris, Acting Dean of the Graduate Research School

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Ngaire Rix, Manager of Learning Success

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Negin Ahmadi Saber Doust, Runner-Up of the 2020 Virtual AUT 3MT Competition

Prizes

Prizes for the 2021 AUT 3MT Competition included:

  • $750 in research awards sponsored by the Graduate Research School
  • 2 Surface Pro 7+ for Business and Covers from ICT services and supplier partner Cyclone
  • A 1-year membership to the AUT Sport & Fitness Centres
  • Two AUT drawstring bags, drink bottles, CuppaCoffeeCups, and notebooks sponsored by AUT Shop

This event was sponsored by ICT Services and supplier partner Cyclone, AUT Sport and Fitness Centres, and AUT Shop.

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