2018 competition information

Could you explain an 80,000 word thesis in just 180 seconds?

The challenge

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition challenges students to communicate their research in an engaging way to a general audience. The catch? Students have just 3 minutes and a single presentation slide to work with.

3MT® is a fast-paced and exciting academic competition, established by The University of Queensland in 2008. The competition is now held in around 600 universities across more than 65 countries worldwide.

2018 Three Minute Thesis award winners

Congratulations to all our finalists for a fantastic competition. We're thrilled to announce our award winners:

Doctoral winner
Celia Keane, Medical and Health Sciences | Low Anterior Resection Syndrome (LARS)

Doctoral runner up
Matheu Broom, Science | Drip, drip, splash. How to control water droplets with surface patterning

Masters winner
Georgia Watson, Science | UnPACking Migraine: Understanding Ligand-Receptor Interactions Involved in Migraine

Masters runner-up
Su Mukund, Education and Social Work | Factors that influence science and non-science option choices in Year 13 at NZ secondary schools: Student voices

People’s Choice Award winner
Nurul Haiza “Zaza” Sapiee, Engineering | Bridging the Gap: Structural Integration in the Spine

2018 Finalists


Doctoral winners: Sophia Tsang and Matheu Broom
Masters winner: Georgia Watson


Doctoral winner: Nurul Haiza (Zaza) Sapiee
Masters winner: Pablo Callego Cascon

Education and social work

Doctoral winner: Neera Jain
Masters winner: Su Mukund

Open Heat 1

Doctoral winner: Celia Keane
Masters winner: Scott Pilkington
Doctoral runner up: Rodrigo Ramalho

Open Heat 2

Doctoral winner: Priscila Salloum
Doctoral runners up: Siobhan Tu'akoi and Tayaza Fadason

Heat winners will have the opportunity to attend a finalists-only practice session on Thursday 2 August.

How the competition works

Faculty and Open Heats

The University of Auckland competition is structured in heats: faculty heats and an Open Heat for students without a faculty heat.

In each heat, entrants compete against other students in their category - doctoral or masters - for a place in the University of Auckland Final.

University of Auckland Finalists

At the Final, heat winners have the chance to win fantastic prizes and the opportunity to represent the University in the Asia-Pacific Final or the Inter-University Masters Final, depending on their category.

The doctoral winner will go on to compete in the Asia-Pacific Final Competition at the University of Queensland (Brisbane) and the masters winner will compete in the Masters Inter-University Challenge at the University of Canterbury (Christchurch).

Doctoral Final (Brisbane): Thursday 27 September
Masters Final (Christchurch): Thursday 23 August


Presentation workshops

The Doctoral Skills Programme 3MT®-focused workshops, open to doctoral candidates and research masters students who intend to take part in the competition.

Tuesday 19 June: Planning and organising your presentation with 2017 People's Choice winner Dr Elba Rameriez.

Friday 29 June: Hands-on presentation coaching with Dr Raj Shekhawat.

The workshops have now taken place - thanks to everyone who took part!

Watch previous winners

What does it take to be a winner? Look for inspiration in videos of other finalists and winners from the University of Auckland and across the globe.

Other resources

Check out the 3MT competitor guide.