Three Minute Thesis 2015

The 3 minute thesis is an academic competition for research students. Participants present their research verbally in just 3 minutes and with related contents on one PowerPoint slide. The winner of the finals will win a £1000 travelling/research grant, as well as the opportunity to take part in a national 3MT competition.  With heats in each of the Colleges, nearly 50 Postgraduate Research students took up this challenge.  Following tightly fought contests, 12 finalists went forward to the Grand Finale, where they performed their three minutes to a wide-ranging audience, including invited guests and alumni, showcasing the wide diversity of ground-breaking research taking place at Glasgow.

Our 2015 finalists were:

  • Seemanti Ghosh (SOCSCI), ‘Welfare Economics of “Aspirations of Failure”’
  • Sapphire Wanmer (SCI & ENG), ‘Explosive Interactions: Magma and Water’
  • Catherine Robb (ARTS), ‘Do We Have an Obligation to Develop Our Talents?’
  • Nicki Boyer (MVLS), ‘Valuing the Invaluable’
  • Felicity Hayball (SOCSCI), ‘Children Opportunities for Outdoor Physical Activity (COOPA)’
  • Frederike Müskens (MVLS), ‘The 3-Armed Detective’
  • Ben Wilson (SOCSCI), ‘Partnership Not Charity’
  • Oliver Ozioko (SCI & ENG), ‘Development of a Portable Two-Way Communication and Information Device for Deaf-Blind People’
  • Lewis Mackenzie (SCI & ENG), ‘Seeing Red to Save Lives’
  • Colin McDowall (ARTS), ‘The British Chiefs of Staff Committee 1939-1945: What Was Their Role’
  • Julie Wertz (ARTS), ‘Cut From the Same Cloth? Unravelling the Secrets of Turkey Red’
  • Mariana Arroja (MVLS), ‘Developing a New Therapy for Stroke’

The Grand Finale took place on the 20th March 2015. 

And our winners were…

  • Felicity Hayball, Overall Winner 2015
  • Lewis Mackenzie, Runner-up, 2015
  • Catherine Robb, People's Choice Winner 2015

Watch the films from the heats by following the links to the Colleges below:

Science and Engineering
Social Sciences

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) was initially developed at the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia and has since spread to other universities, with this being the first competition in Scotland.  Finalists from the Glasgow competition went on to represent the University at the national final in Leeds, where Alexia took 3rd prize. 

For further information about 3MT at Glasgow, contact Elizabeth Adams
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