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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 shares some insight into the competition  and responds to the UC Comms Team’s own 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!

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

One slide, three minutes – Thesis in three finals Tuesday 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.

Your opportunity to participate in research

Gabrielle Mulder, a student studying their Masters in Child and Family Psychology, is exploring the influence of New Zealand European, Māori and Asian culture on parenting practices and children’s social behaviours.

  • How does culture influence parenting practices?
  • Do parents view their parenting through a cultural lens?
  • How do parents of different cultures perceive their children’s behaviours?
  • What are some of the similarities and differences among cultures in regards to parenting and children’s behaviour?

This project is seeking mothers and fathers of children between 3-5 who identify as either New Zealand European, Māori or Asian (Chinese, Indian, Filipino) to share their views and perceptions around how their culture has influenced their parenting, and their children’s social behaviours, with a view to completing two short questionnaires and an interview.

If you meet the criteria and are interesting in participating, please email Gabrielle Masters, who will be happy to send you through some more information.

Advanced Data Analysis (DA-2) Workshop

The UC Statistical Consulting Unit is offering a second two-day data analysis workshop over 5-6 September from 10am to 4pm (location: TBA).
 
The workshop extends concepts covered in our Introductory Data Analysis Workshop (DA-1) to include mixed effect models (useful for repeated measures), and generalized linear models (GLMs, useful for analysing counts and binary responses).
 
This two-day workshop consists of seminars and computer labs using the statistical software R. The workshop is open to staff and students.
 
To register, please email Daniel Gerhard at daniel.gerhard@canterbury.ac.nz.
 
All participants are expected to have good working knowledge of linear models, and a basic understanding of using the statistical software R.
 
For an introduction to data analysis with R, we highly recommend attending our DA-1 workshop in the next semester before participating in the advanced workshop.

UC doctoral students win 2018 Postgraduate Science Scholarship

Congratulations to UC doctoral students Jonathan Dash and Trevor Best, who have been named recipients of the Ministry for Primary Industry (MPI)’s Postgraduate Science Scholarship for 2018.

As doctoral students, the total value of their scholarship will be up to $50,000 to support their primary industry research.

For Jonathan this means funding to assist his research on developing automated methods for the detection and monitoring of wilding pines using remotely sensed data.

And for Trevor the money will be used to fund his research on stress in forestry workers.

For more about this year’s scholarship recipients, see the Government’s media release here>