Samantha Bodman (Physical and Chemical Sciences) was stunned when she won the Best Doctoral student presentation for Thesis-in-Three this week. As well as receiving prize money she will represent UC at the Asia-Pacific Competition in Brisbane.
Thesis-in-three is an opportunity for Doctoral and Masters thesis students to present their research in three minutes using a single PowerPoint slide. No pressure!
We asked her to share about the competition and her presentation ‘Building the Block by Block’.
What was it about Thesis in Three that encouraged you to enter?
I was encourage to let people know about the ground breaking Chemistry research that is going on in the School of Physical and
Chemical Sciences. Plus letting the public know that new, more efficient solar cells are coming their way. The prize money was a bonus.
What was the best and/or most challenging aspect/s of Thesis in Three?
The most challenging part was explaining the complex aspects of what I do in a short amount of time to the public. I am so used to using scientific jargon day to day, explaining it without it, is a challenge.
I really enjoyed listening to other thesis students’ research in other
colleges. The competition was so tough and everyone did
so well. I was so stunned that I won!
A small challenge from UC Comms. What would you say to an everyday person if they asked you why your research was important in the ‘real world’….in 30 words or less?
My research involves making molecules that have the ability to double the energy produced from one photon (unit) of light. These molecules can make solar panels more efficient.
The University is committed to ensuring all members of our UC community are treated in a respectful and equitable way. A number of initiatives have been implemented this year, or are progressing.
- For the last six months UC has an anti-sexual violence working group comprising academic, general staff and student representation including Thursdays in Black rep
- UC has reviewed its anti-harassment policy. It has been discussed comprehensively with the senior management team. UC will be finalising and launching a revised policy within the next month or so
- UC has mapped its response and complaint processes and will be further documenting and publishing them within the next six to eight weeks
- UC has identified additional staff training – 30 staff representatives from across the University will attend the training today (Friday 17 August)
- UC has revamped its website which includes improved and new pages on:
>Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault
Staff and student feedback is welcome.
- UC has relaunched its Student Code of Conduct in 2018 and has undertaken additional educational programmes for students to support enhanced awareness of issues of harassment and appropriate behaviour
- UC has re-assessed its processes prior to students undertaking internships to address health and safety issues
- UC is collaborating with other universities under UNZ to improve awareness and tools to combat sexual harassment across the sector
- If staff or students wish to raise a concern or a complaint information is available at https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/support/concerns/ or students can access support from Health and Counselling, Student Care or UCSA’s Advocacy and Welfare team. Staff can access support from their manager or HR advisor.
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