For this competition, doctoral students were challenged to present their research in three minutes, using only one slide, to a non-specialist audience. Entrants had to distil their niche subjects and intensive research into bite-sized presentations that informed and entertained the general public.
Graduate Studies are proud to announce that the winner of the first annual UCD ThesisIn3 competition was:
Roshaida Abdul Wahab from the Institute of Food & Health with her talk "Food Biomarker: The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth."
The runners up were
Roshaida will go on to represent UCD in the 2018 Universitas21 Three Minute Thesis Competition, where she will compete with doctoral researchers from all over the globe. Her talk will also be featured on this website.
You can follow the event at #UCDThesisin3
1. Explain why your research needs to be done.
Why is your research important? Why does it need to be carried out now? What are the expected or potential outcomes of your work?
2. Tell a tale about your research.
The audience will be interested in research, but generally, people love to learn about other people. In explaining to your topic, perhaps include a personal anecdote. What brought you to this topic? What motivates you? What does your Doctoral research mean to you personally?
3. Use a metaphor.
You may be explaining complex concepts that man very little to those outside your field. To overcome this, think of a real-world example that reflects what you are trying to describe.
4. Use humour
This event aims to inform, educate and entertain. Injecting a little humour at the right point in your talk can make your presentation memorable and further engage your audience.
5. Create mystery.
Pique interest with the unexpected. Perhaps use an image that is immediately associated with your work, start by telling a seemingly unrelated tale. Provoke a natural curiosity in your audience.
1. Do not patronise.
Your audience will be non-specialist, but intelligent. Stick to general, clear language that a college-educated individual would understand.
2. Do not overload your slide.
With a single slide in a short time-frame, simplicity is key. Stick to image over text.
3. Use jargon.
Discipline-specific terms or concepts will need to be explained, and three minutes does not allow for detailed elaboration.
Read about the Universitas21 Three Minute Thesis Competition here.