Thesis in3

UCD ThesisIn3 2021



Graduate Studies announce the fourth annual UCD ThesisIn3 competition. The UCD ThesisIn3 supports graduate research students in their development as confident research communicators, and we invite all UCD Stage 2 PhD Students to submit an entry and share your research with the UCD community.

The ThesisIn3 Competition will take place on Thursday 10 June 2021, from 11.30 AM via Zoom.

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 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. In addition, UCD Students' Union will sponsor 5 x €75 travel funds to participants as separate prizes. The categories for these SU prizes will be decided and voted by a panel of peer judges.

Entrants are required to submit a 200-word abstract outlining their research in accessible, everyday terms and a short bio, please download, complete and send the GS_ThesisIn3 2021 Application Form to by Friday, 16th April 2021. A workshop on research communication will be open for PhD students to attend on Tuesday 6th April 2021 in preparation for your submission. You can register for the workshop here. A selection of these applicants will be chosen to present on the day and will have the opportunity to participate in an additional training workshop on public speaking and research communication in May.

All members of the UCD community are welcome to attend as spectators.

For full terms and conditions and top tips, please click below:

UCD ThesisIn3 - Top Tips

UCD ThesisIn3 - Terms and Conditions for Presentations

UCD ThesisIn3 - Terms and Conditions for the Video Recording of Presentations

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ThesisIn3 2020 Winners

  • Winner 2020 ThesisIn3: Tom Hall

  • Runners Up 2020: Ciara Hayes & George Vathakkattil Joseph


Well done to all eight 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 2020

  • Catchiest Title – 'T.B or not T.B, can networks answer the question?' Thomas Hall
  • Best relatable example/Analogy – 'Clamping down on cancer one drug at a time' - Lorna Conway
  • Best image – 'In-Sync: Learning to compute from fireflies' – George Vathakkattil
  • Best at making me care about something that I wasn’t interested in before – 'The drone effect' - Gianluca Fontanesi

Universitas 21 3MT Competition

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Tom represented UCD at the global U21 3MT® Competition and was a very worthy finalist. 

Congratulations to the overall U21 2020 competition winner, Ciaran McGeady from the University of Glasgow with his presentation ‘Listening to Butterflies with Brainwaves'. The People’s Choice Vote is awarded to Luis Guillermo Hernandez Rojas from Tecnológico de Monterrey for his presentation on ‘Decoding of motor information from brain signals’. This year’s Highly Commended prize was awarded to Bruno Vicari Stefani from the Faculty of Engineering at University of New South Wales, Sydney. His presentationwas:  ‘Low-cost solar energy with low-cost materials: A tale of three grown up pigs’ 


2020 UCD ThesisIn3 Winner

Tom Hall from the School of Agriculture and Food Science with 'TB or not TB; Can networks answer the question?'

 2020 Runners-Up

George Vathakkattil Joseph of the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering with 'In-Sync: Learning to compute from fireflies'


Ciara Hayes of the School of Veterinary Medicine with 'Milking It! Growing Irish dairy cows to increase their production potential'


View all Finalist videos