Visualise Your Thesis Competition

The Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) Competition is an exciting competition that challenges graduate researchers to present their research in a 60-second digital display.

VYT is a great opportunity for you to develop your visual communication skills and learn how to communicate your research, with impact, for a non-academic audience. Entries will be judged on their visual impact and how well the content conveys the research.

2021 Competition

The 2021 VYT Competition is now open.

Eligibility

The Visualise Your Thesis competition is open to currently-enrolled graduate researchers (i.e. students enrolled in M.Phil., Masters by Research, Ph.D. or Professional Doctorate programmes) at any stage of their candidature.

Competitors must agree to having their entry being displayed on the University of Melbourne’s Visualise Your Thesis website (winning entry only) and on La Trobe University websites and media.

Prizes

First Prize: $1000
Second Prize: $500
Popular Vote: $250

The winning entry (first place) will represent La Trobe University in the 2021 Visualise Your Thesis International Competition, which will be held online.

The rules

  • You must use the supplied PowerPoint template to create your video
  • No separate media files or links to online content (all media is embedded in the PowerPoint file)
  • Your video must not exceed 60 seconds, except for the title and reference slides.
  • Your video has an absolute maximum file size of 100MB (take this into account when including graphics and sound)
  • You must include references for any resources used to create your video
  • Media, including images, audio and video files, must comply with the competition’s copyright rules
  • Late submissions will not be accepted
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final

How to participate

Contact red.grs@latrobe.edu.au for your competition pack.

Attend the sessions and when you are ready send your completed video to red.grs@latrobe.edu.au

Judging criteria

Entries will be judged against the following criteria:

CategoryCriteria
Content
  • Does the entry provide an understanding of the research question being addressed, its significance, and potential impact?
  • Is the research communicated in a format and uses language appropriate for non-specialist audiences?
  • Is the entry free from jargon, unexplained acronyms and incomprehensible technical terms?
  • Is the entry accessible to and respectful of diverse audiences?
  • Does the entry leave you inspired and curious?
Impact
  • Is the entry well designed, creative, innovative and engaging?
  • Is it visually striking and memorable?
  • Does it make best use of screen space available?
  • Does it make a good first impression and then offer rich content on further examination?
  • Were the timings, transitions and effects aligned to fit the 60 second timeframe?
Sound (optional)

If included,

  • If sound was used to convey information, was accessibility considered, e.g. by providing captions for voiceovers?
  • Did the music/sound contribute to the impact of the presentation?
  • Was the sound/music in keeping with the mood/style of the presentation?

Support and coaching

Presenting information in a short and effective way is a useful skill for graduate researchers. The Library and RED team have provided a range of supports helping candidates prepare, including:

WorkshopsModeBooking
Find and Cite Public Domain and Open Access MaterialOnlineBook now
PowerPoint MasterclassOnlineBook now
Visualise Your Thesis Competiton: Technical WorkshopOnlineBook now
Visualise Your Thesis Drop in help sessions
To help with copyright and technical advice
OnlineTo be announced soon!

Past events

WorkshopsModeBooking
The basics of effective visual engagementOnlineBookings closed
Sharing your story: the how and why of communicating about your researchOnlineBookings closed

If you want some inspiration for this year's competition, check out the Visualise Your Thesis showcase. You can also view a playlist of last year’s La Trobe competition entries.

More information

For more information, contact Katie Wiese

2020 Winners

Congratulations to Jordyn Thomas who took out first place in La Trobe’s 2020 Visualise your thesis competition for her entry, 'Defining the role of IL-18 in the renal inflammation leading to hypertension'.

The second place went to Donovan Garcia-Ceron from School of Molecular Sciences for his spectacular entry called 'The sneezing fungus'.

The popular vote went to Stephanie Lynch who won a very tight race with her entry, 'Bacteriophages as a treatment option against canine pyoderma'.

Keen to see more? Check out all other 2020 Visualise your Thesis entries.