Congratulations to Emma and Hannah

The 3 Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) for the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences was held on the 2nd of July 2014. The competition was a big success. Five students competed to give the best 3 minute description of their PhD thesis. This is extremely challenging given the complexity of the various thesis topics and the very short time limit given. Students had to explain abstract ideas in plain English. The audience is assumed to have no background knowledge in the research area. Despite the difficulty of this challenge all the students performed spectacularly well. We heard lucid, compact, articulate descriptions in areas such as applied physics, electronic engineering and pure mathematics.

Finding the winner and runner up of the competition was difficult given the very high standard of all the talks. In the end we determined that Emma Bland was the winner and Hannah Coughlan was the runner up. Both of these students are from the department of Physics. They both motivated their research extremely well and gave presentations that were easy to understand. The presentations made you want to find out more about their research.

Below is the results of the competition in more detail:

Winner

Name: Ms Emma Bland
Department: Physics
Title of talk: HF radar studies of Pc5 geomagnetic pulsations

Runner Up

Name: Ms Hannah Coughlan
Department: Physics
Title of talk: Improved methods for structure determination from disordered protein crystals

The Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT) is a Trans-Tasman (Australia and New Zealand) competition which includes many different universities in Australia and New Zealand. The competition starts at the school level, and progresses to the faculty, university and finally the Trans-Tasman level. Emma will represent the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences in the Faculty wide 3MT competition. We send our best wishes to Emma for the next round of the competition.

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