Visualise Your Thesis Competition

For the first time, the Visualise Your Thesis Competition is going Australia-wide, and it's coming to La Trobe! The competition challenges graduate researchers to present their research in a 60-second digital display. Entries will be judged on their visual impact and how well the content conveys the research. Prizes include a gift voucher of $1000 for the first prize and $500 for the second prize!

Visual communication is becoming more important every day in our digital world. The competition is a great way for you to practice your visual literacy skills and learn how to break down your research for a non-academic audience. If you're keen to compete, the library and the RED team have collaborated to help you prepare in style. We're offering workshops on design, effective communication, and consultations on how to use PowerPoint like a pro.

The entries for 2018 have now closed, but if you are keen to compete in the future, download our competition kit and you'll be ready to hit the ground running in 2019!

Support and coaching

Presenting information in a short and effective way is a useful skill for graduate researchers. Before the competition, the library and the RED Team will provide different kinds of support for you to develop this skill and prepare your presentation.

If you want some inspiration, check out the Visualise Your Thesis gallery.


This competition is open to all PhD Candidates at La Trobe University, including candidates who have not yet reached confirmation.

To be eligible for this competition, you must agree to your entry being displayed on the University of Melbourne’s Visualise Your Thesis website (winning entry only) and on La Trobe University websites and media.

Key Dates

Entries for the 2018 competition have now closed.

The winners will be announced on 30 August 2018, as part of the 3MT Competition final. Entries will be judged by staff from La Trobe University. Winners will be notified beforehand. The People’s Choice Award winner will be notified on the day of the final of the 3MT competition.

The rules

  • You must use the supplied PowerPoint template to create your video
  • No embedded videos (YouTube, Vimeo etc)
  • Your video must not exceed 60 seconds, except for the first and last slide.
  • 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 copyright legislation and regulations
  • Late submissions will not be accepted
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final

Judging criteria

Visual impact (1-10 points)

  • How well designed, creative, innovative and engaging is the entry?
  • Is it visually striking and memorable?
  • Does it attract from a distance and deliver details close up?
  • Does it make a good first impression and then offer rich content on further examination?
  • Does it make the most of the available technology?

Content (1-10 points)

  • Does the entry provide an understanding of the research question being addressed, its significance, and potential impact?
  • Is the research communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Is the entry free from jargon, unexplained acronyms and incomprehensible technical terms?
  • Does the entry leave you inspired and curious?

Scholarly citizenship (1-10 points)

  • Does the entry include complete and correct references for any resources used to create the entry? Including citation of any images, audio, and video:
    • In the Public Domain,
    • Licensed under Creative Commons, and
    • Original content created by the student themselves.
  • Does the entry include acknowledgements for other people or groups who helped with the project or entry?


1st prize: $1000 gift card

2nd prize: $500 gift card

People’s Choice Prize: $250 gift card

How to participate

Entries for the 2018 competition have now closed.

Download the competition kit:

More information

For more information, contact Katie Wiese.