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.
- 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)
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.
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.
- 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
- 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.