Research students take on race against the clock

Fourteen postgraduate research students will take on the ultimate race against the clock at the highly anticipated Three Minute Thesis Final on Friday 5 August.

Three Minute Thesis brings postgraduate students from across the University together to share their research.

Ten doctoral candidates and four masters students are preparing to take the stage at the Three Minute Thesis Final on Friday 5 August, tasked with the challenge of sharing their research in just 180 seconds.

The highly anticipated annual event is a chance for postgraduate students from all faculties to come together and share their research to a general audience, with nothing to help them but a single slide.

The doctoral winner will represent the University of Auckland at the U21 3MT online competition and the Asia-Pacific Final Competition run by the University of Queensland. The masters winner will compete at the national Inter-University Masters Final, which will be hosted by the University of Auckland this year.

Meet the finalists

Masters finalists

Aldric Khoo (Liggins Institute)
Using your genetic code to determine your risk of lung cancer

Isla Christensen (Faculty of Science)
Framing complex environmental issues: a case study of kauri dieback management in New Zealand print media

Jerusha Gojer (Liggins Institute)
Are you eating to heal or to be ill?

Rebekah Bradley (Faculty of Science)
Assessment of the MinION as a platform for forensic sequencing of Mitochondrial DNA

Doctoral finalists

Lysea Haggie (Auckland Bioengineering Institute)
A Spiking Neural Network Model of the Motor Cortex

Smridhi Marwah (Faculty of Education and Social Work)
Understanding how age, ethnicity, sexuality and Covid-19 influence women’s perceptions of their bodies

Katie Smith (Faculty of Science)
Capturing the Mind in Action

Henry Till (Faculty of Engineering)
Tsunami Loading on New Zealand Buildings

Qun Ma (Faculty of Education and Social Work)
Early childhood teachers’ professional identity in China: A case study

Priya Qualtrough Mittal (Faculty of Engineering)
Improving millimetre wave coverage in an indoor environment using passive reflectors

Trevyn Toone (Faculty of Science)
Restoration and Recovery of Green-lipped Mussels

Michael Pudjihartono (Liggins Institute)
The uncharted DNA: From junk to gold

Ali Lowrey (Faculty of Science)
Grape Expectations: New Zealand wine and climate change

Prasanth Sasikumar (Auckland Bioengineering Institute)
Empathic Remote Collaboration

The University of Auckland Three Minute Thesis competition is run by the School of Graduate Studies, and sponsored by Citizen, Campus Store, University of Auckland Society and Auckland University Press.