The UCD ThesisIn3 supports graduate research students in their development as confident research communicators. 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.

The winner of UCD ThesisIn3 goes on to represent UCD in the annual Universitas21 Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®), where they compete with researchers from all over the globe. The winner also receives a €250 One-For-All voucher and the two runners up 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.

For full terms and conditions, please visit the Universitas 21 website.

For general enquiries, please contact us via the Graduate Studies Connector – select ThesisIn3 from the drop-down menu.

Congratulations to the 2023 winners

(From left to right) Research student and winner Sergei Katsuba, UCD Sutherland School of Law; Research student and runner up Laura Gunning, UCD Institute of Food and Health; Dean of Graduate Studies Associate Professor Paul McCabe; Research student and runner up Mary Davis, UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science; Research student and winner of the 2023 Visualise Your Thesis Competition Ishani Atukoralalage, UCD School of Medicine

Winner – Sergei Katsuba, UCD Sutherland School of Law

Decade of violence: How authoritarian regimes instigate violence and hate crimes against marginalised groups

Runner up – Laura Gunning, UCD Institute of Food and Health

Discovering a ‘whey’ towards healthy ageing

Runner up – Mary Davis, UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science

COM and get it: Why weights for women with obesity is the way to go

2022 ThesisIn3 Winners

Winner – Tara Brady, UCD School of Medicine

An apple a day may keep the respiratory doctor away

Runner up – Lorna O'Donoghue, UCD School of Medicine / Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research

Platelets Drive – WE survive

Runner up – Sophie du Bois de Dunilac, UCD School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering / Centre for Biomedical Engineering

Get a Grip! How partial slipping of our fingers informs us of grip safety

2021 ThesisIn3 Winner

UCD ThesisIn3 and U21 Three Minute Thesis® Competition Winner – Morgan Morris, UCD School of Chemistry/BiOrbic Bioeconomy SFI Research Centre

Lactose in 3: A Cash Cow for Targeting Tumours