2020 winners

Enormous congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2020 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Final.

University of Auckland 3MT® Final

L-R: Yi-Han Wu, Dr Sam Elworthy, Professor Jennifer Curtin, Morgane Merien, Claire Pascua, Brodie Elliott, Xichen Sun, Emma Quigan, Amanda White, Joscelin Smith, Laura Pedofsky, Erin Thomas, Angus Dowell, James Hucklesby, Daniel Ramirez and Aldrich Rasco.

Congratulations to all our finalists, and especially our winners, for a thrilling finale to the University's 2020 Three Minute Thesis competition.

Our judges, Dr Sam Elworthy (Auckland University Press Director), Professor Jennifer Curtin (Politics and International Relations) and Yi-Han Wu (2019 Doctoral and People's Choice Winner), agreed that this year's competition raised the bar in terms of the quality and professionalism of the presentations - and hinted that there wasn't much in it when it came to the winning performances.

The School of Graduate Studies team would like to say a huge thank you to our judges, our finalists and to our stalwart sponsors, whose generous support is the foundation of the competition's success. We would also like to thank faculty staff for the hard work they put into their faculty heats, and to each and every student who has participated. You are all winners to us.

Read the full announcement here: Stick insects steal show at Three Minute Thesis Final.

Doctoral Winner

Morgane Merien | Biological Sciences

Ecology and diversity of camouflage in New Zealand stick insects

Doctoral Runner-Up

James Hucklesby | Biological Sciences

From stem cells to strokes: Culturing intimate associations

Masters Winner

Erin Thomas | Development Studies

Gender-based Violence in Niue: Family-tree Mapping

Masters Runner-Up

Angus Dowell | Environment

Constructing a Regenerative Economy: Responses along the supply chain

People's Choice Winner

Laura Pedofsky | Auckland Bioengineering Institute

Urine luck! Leaking is not an option

Doctoral Finalists

Xichen Sun | Translation Studies

Lost in Subtitles

Claire Pascua | Civil and Environmental Engineering

Seismic performance of steel frame-concrete wall hybrid buildings​

Aldrich Rasco | Information Systems and Operations

Immersive Persuasive Personalised Evolutionary Serious Financial Literacy Games for
Young Decision-Makers

Joscelin Smith | Medical Science

Examining receptor trafficking and synapse plasticity in the neural innervation of the

Amanda White | Curriculum and Pedagogy

Nobody puts baby in the corner

Masters Finalists

Emma Quigan | Curriculum and Pedagogy

Village style parenting in an urban context: Exploring the power of the collective

Daniel Rameriez | Engineering Science

Double energy input

Brodie Elliott | Medical Science

Paediatric Appendicitis: Do rural families get the rough end of the stick?


Images by Anna Vasilyeva