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PM’s science prizes – applications close 5 September

Aotearoa New Zealand’s most talented established and emerging scientists, science teachers and science communicators able to apply for awards worth a combined value of $1 million across five categories.
 
The major prize, worth $500,000, is presented to an individual or team whose research has had significant impact in New Zealand or internationally. Previous winners have been recognised for research in areas ranging from health to climate change to new energy technologies.
 
Have you considered:
 
The Prime Minister’s Science Prize, $500,000
This will be awarded to an individual or team for a transformative scientific discovery or achievement, which has had a significant economic, health, social and/or environmental impact in the last five years on New Zealand or internationally.
 
The Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize, $200,000
This will be awarded to an outstanding emerging scientist who has had their PhD conferred, within the past eight years (i.e. from 1 January 2010 onwards)
 
The Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize, $100,000
This will be awarded to a practising scientist who can demonstrate an interest, passion and aptitude for science communication and public engagement, or to a person who has developed expertise in public engagement with, or communication of, complex scientific or technological information to the public or science community.
 
To find out more categories and to lodge entries visit the website>
 

Thesis-in-three champ shares joys and challenges of competition

How do you distill the complexities of your postgraduate research into one slide in just three minutes, and in a way that will interest strangers?

It’s s not for the fainthearted  –  but that’s what the three winners of UC’s Thesis-in-Three finals did this week.

Congratulations to:

  • Best Doctoral student presentation – Samantha Bodman (Physical and Chemical Sciences)
  • Best Masters student presentation – Chris Boniface (Law)
  • Third place winner – Kseniia Zahari (Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship)

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Chris Boniface gives us the low-down on the competition  and responds to our challenge: describe your research in one paragraph, 30 words.

The Effects of Artificial Intelligence on the New Zealand Healthcare System  – Chris Boniface

Why did you enter Chris?  – As a whole, I’m not a fan of, or at all experienced in public speaking or presenting but I want to pursue postgrad to its limits, including seminars, conferences, publications and more to get the career I want. Thesis in Three offered the opportunity to practice those skills in a fun, competitive environment. 

What proved challenging? – Trying to fit my research into only three minutes, in a clear and succinct way. My speech only really covered one of four major aspects of my research, because if I tried to include everything it would be a rushed mess, and I had to make sure a part was engaging and interesting, but still concise! 

One paragraph, 30 words. Can you do it? –  When you’re in a vulnerable healthcare situation, knowing things are ready to help you when they go wrong is vital – the robots are coming, we need to be prepared!
[UC Comms Team 2 Chris : Boom! 30 words exactly. And you did it quickly. #ElevatorPitch #ucnow] 

Photo:  Chris is congratulated by Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua Ian Wright. 

One slide, three minutes: Thesis in Three finals 14 August

Thesis-in-three is an opportunity for Doctoral and Masters thesis students to present their research in three minutes using a single powerpoint slide.

The UC finals will be held on Tuesday 14 August, 6pm, C3.

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Fact file:

  • Students have three minutes only to describe
    what they are doing, why they are doing it –
    the importance/impact of the research and
    how they are doing it.
  • Only a single slide, no additional electronic
    media (e.g. sound and video files) and no
    additional props.
  • There is a national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) for Master’s
    students. This year this will be held at UC on 24 August. 
  • The best UC Doctoral student will represent UC at the Asia-Pacific Competition in Brisbane.
  • The Thesis in Three format was first introduced
    by the University of Queensland.