Three Minute Thesis competition

The annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition, organised by Victoria University of Wellington’s Postgraduate Students’ Association, requires postgraduate students to effectively communicate their research in three minutes, with the assistance of one presentation slide.

There are a range of prizes on offer for PhD, Master’s and Honours students—and in 2018, a special Resilience and Sustainability Award was on offer.

Congratulations to Zak Murray, a PhD student in the School of Biological Sciences, who won the Resilience and Sustainability Award and $500 for his talk about testing for contaminants in water. Zac also placed third overall.

The Resilience and Sustainability theme steering group also awarded an honourable mention to the following presentations:

  • Zahra Balador, School of Architecture: The role of architects in increasing the use of reclaimed and recycled building materials in New Zealand
  • Elaine Gyde, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences: A walk in the park
  • Soheil Mohseni, School of Engineering and Computer Science: Smart energy systems for a sustainable future
  • Meera Muralidharan, School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations: Seasoning landscapes with pepper
  • Eron Raines, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences: Microbes move mountains
  • Olivia Wills, School of Economics and Finance: The impact of disasters on student performance
  • Tom Womack, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences: Resolving the fossil record, what drives macroevolution?
  • Lauren Vinnell, School of Psychology: Preparing for disaster: Can we improve public behaviour change campaigns?