Imagine trying to explain in just three minutes a complicated thesis that would normally take about nine hours to read.
That was the task of 23 students at UWA’s Research Week Three Minute Thesis completion at the University Club.
Their challenge was to give an engaging and dynamic talk on their individual research topic and its significance, in language appropriate for an intelligent but non-specialist audience, in the time it takes to boil an egg.
Topics ranged from female body image (Looking Towards a Curvier ideal For Women) to China’s Changing Diet and Greenhouse gasses, but it was Marcus Giacci’s talk on Investigating Damage to Myelin Stem Cells Following Neurotrauma that caught the eye of the judges, taking out first prize.
Marcus, 23, from Claremont, who is completing a PhD in Neuroscience at UWA’s School of Biology. explained his topic in a straightforward and interesting manner, unravelling a complex problem and offering possible solutions, in just three minutes.
He took home a prize of $2,000 and will represent UWA at the National Finals of the 3MT competition in Queensland in October.
Rachael Zemek, 23, from Shenton Park, was runner up and won the Peoples’ Choice award for her engaging talk on Cancer Immune Therapy: Responders vs. Non-Responders. She is completing a PhD in Cancer Immune Therapy at UWA’s School of Medicine and Pharmacology.
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