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Three Minute Thesis, 2017: the results are in!

How long would it take you to explain your thesis to somebody who’s not an expert in your subject? Well, entrants only had three minutes!

The Three Minute Thesis competition reached its conclusion on 31st May.  As ever the standard was extremely high and the atmosphere fantastic.

Our winner is Victoria Parker from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health with an excellent talk about molar pregnancy and her research about identifying the best treatment options for women who develop this condition.

Image of Victoria Parker, 3MT winnerVictoria Parker giving her 3MT presentation

Regional winner!

As a result of her success at TUoS, Victoria had the opportunity to compete against other researchers from Yorkshire and the North East in an external final at the University of Sunderland on 6th June.

Victoria fought off intense competition and was crowned the winner!

Public engagement is a crucial part of academic research, irrespective of your discipline.  By taking part in the University of Sheffield’s Three Minute Thesis competition, entrants took the opportunity to take their research into the wider community and to raise their academic profile.

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Since we began running the competition, over 120 researchers from the University have entered the Three Minute Thesis competition.

Previous winners are Emily Collins and Carly Lynsdale.

The 2013 University winner, Carly Lynsdale, beat over 20 competitors from other universities to reach the national final.  Of her experience, Carly said:

"When I entered the Three Minute Thesis competition I didn’t realise how difficult it actually is to try and explain approximately three years of work in such a short space of time! Although definitely a challenge, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and one I would recommend to any PhD student.

“As a first year I found it particularly useful as not only did I receive some excellent presentation training, but the experience also helped me focus on the outline of my research, the main questions I wanted to answer and how to explain it all to a general audience."

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland