What are PhD students studying and why does it matter?
Next week's 2011 Three Minute Thesis Competition final at The University of Western Australia will challenge students from 43 universities in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji to give the most dynamic talk that answers these questions in just three minutes.
Presentation titles include:
- Finding a cure for that never-ending itchy rash
- Bereft: The extremities of wartime bereavement among Australian parents
- Are controlling shareholders the new corporate bullies?
- Do children with autism have an inner voice?
- Swearing - a menace to police control?
- Survival of the stillest: predator avoidance strategies of shark embryos
- Improved forensic DNA profiling from trace amounts of evidence
- Failure to rescue the deteriorated hospitalised patient
- Cardiovascular health in young women
- Synthetic cannabinoids could save lives - the future of medicinal marijuana.
Six judges will determine the most engaging and dynamic talk based on its significance, in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.
The judging panel includes: Mr Simon Clews, The University of Melbourne; Ms Lisa Finucane, The University of Waikato; Professor Mandy Thomas, Australian National University; Professor Zlatko Skrbis, The University of Queensland; and Professor Fiona Wood, The University of Western Australia.
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EDITORS NOTE: For interviews with contestants before or after the competition contact Dr Krystyna Haq.
This event is free. Please register your interest in attending. Entry to the Octagon Theatre will be restricted to scheduled breaks only. The final will begin at 3pm and guests are asked to arrive at the Octagon by 2.45pm.
WHAT: 3 Minute Thesis final
WHEN: 2.45 for 3pm Thursday 29 September
WHERE: Octagon Theatre, The University of Western Australia, Crawley (nearest entrance main entrance off Winthrop Avenue)