Thesis in3



What is ThesisIn3?

All UCD Stage 2 PhD Students were invited to submit an entry and share their research with the UCD community. Research students are challenged to present their research in three minutes, using only one slide, to a non-specialist audience. Entrants must distil their niche subjects and intensive research into bite-sized presentations that will inform and entertain the general public.

What Does Winning Mean?

The winner of ThesisIn3 will go on to represent UCD in the Universitas21 Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®), where they will compete with researchers from all over the globe. The winner will also receive a 250 € One-For-All voucher and the two Runners-Up will each receive a 100€ One-For-All voucher and serve as ambassadors for UCD research, with recordings of their presentations on the Graduate Studies website.

ThesisIn3 2021 Winners

  • Winner 2021 ThesisIn3: Morgan Morris, UCD School of Chemistry/ BiOrbic Bioeconomy SFI Research Centre

  • Runners Up 2021: James White, UCD School of Medicine / Conway Institute & Jane Howard, UCD School of Medicine 


Well done to all ten finalists, competition was tough and all entries were worthy finalists. Graduate Studies thanks all for participating and for such interesting, engaging presentations. Videos below.

SU Categories Winners: ThesisIn3 2021

  • Catchiest Title - Awad Eman "The AI Fairytale" 

  • Best Example - Morris Morgan "Lactose in 3, A Cash Cow for Targeting Tumours" 

  • Most thought provoking (the one we wanted to see more of) - James White " Fat chance! Rethinking how fat can help obesity"

  • Richest language - Katie Whelan - "A new Eíre ( Era) of mná"

  • Sweet spot between quantity of information and engagement - Lea Braud "Why are Smurfs blue? Introducing a new colour to the world!"

Universitas 21 3MT Competition

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Morgan will represent UCD at the global U21 3MT® Competition in the later part of the year. Good Luck Morgan!


2021 UCD ThesisIn3 Winner

Morgan Morris, from UCD School of Chemistry/ BiOrbic Bioeconomy SFI Research Centre with his talk: "Lactose in 3: A Cash Cow for Targeting Tumours."

 2021 Runners-Up

James White, UCD School of Medicine / Conway Institute with his talk: "Fat chance! Rethinking how fat tissue can help battle obesity."

Jane Howard, UCD School of Medicine with her talk: Purr-fect Match: "Cats are more like us than you’d think."


View all Finalist videos