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Three minutes, one slide, no jargon!

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.

Precision Drive Health – summer research scholarship applications open

A competitive opportunity for ten summer scholarships nationwide funded by Precision Drive Health (PDH) are available.

Student eligibility is:

  • The student must have completed at least three years of study, and still be enrolled at an academic institution;
  • The student and the academic supervisor/co-supervisor must be from the same institution.
  • The student must have a GPA of at least a 6.0 in their four best papers of the most recently-completed year.
  • There must be an identified academic as the research supervisor for the 10 week summer project.  

The summer research application form is available on the PDH website. Project applications close on 15 September 2018.

Applications from any PDH-related research area are welcomed, but there is high interest in receiving applications in the following specific areas:

  • Economic analysis of health data to measure the effectiveness for data-driven decision making in precision health
  • Modelling healthcare pathways to enable interoperability, and the collection of data around the process of care 
  • Activating patients and increasing their engagement in health data management 
  • Reducing inequity in healthcare quality (distinct from healthcare outcomes) using data-driven approaches 
  • Data-driven visualisation to improve healthcare quality
  • Application of genomic data to clinical practice
  • Data-driven approaches to understand and predict the impact of social interventions on health

Go to the website and apply today>

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 Zahrai (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. 

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