Te Radar hosts Massey Univer­sity’s in­ter-cam­pus 3MT (Three Minute The­sis) fi­nals for post-grad stu­dents.

Co­me­dian Te Radar is back in Manawatu af­ter host­ing the FMG Young Farmer of the Year com­pe­ti­tion at Man­feild last month.

This time Te Radar will be com­per­ing some­thing slightly dif­fer­ent, the fi­nals of Massey Univer­sity’s in­ter-cam­pus Three Minute The­sis (3MT) on Tues­day, Au­gust 15.

Massey’s Marise Mur­rie de­scribed 3MT as ‘‘an ex­cit­ing and fast-paced com­pe­ti­tion that chal­lenges post­grad­u­ate can­di­dates to sum­marise the sig­nif­i­cance of their re­search project in just three min­utes and one static slide’’.

‘‘The aim of the com­pe­ti­tion is to com­mu­ni­cate the key theme and sig­nif­i­cance of a the­sis topic to a non-spe­cial­ist au­di­ence, us­ing ac­ces­si­ble lan­guage,’’ Mur­rie said.

Of the 10 PhD fi­nal­ists, there are six from Palmer­ston North and two each from Welling­ton and Al­bany, as well as a wild-card en­try.

Two Palmer­ston North master’s fi­nal­ists will be up against two from each of the other Massey cam­puses, and will also face a wild­card en­try.

Doc­toral top­ics ranged from dress­mak­ing, in­clu­sive agri­cul­ture for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in Cam­bo­dia, to mod­ern slav­ery in the brick kilns of In­dia and on­line bank­ing use in New Zealand.

Master’s top­ics in­cluded iron­ing out the wrin­kles in rawhide, pack­ag­ing de­sign for the berry-fruit in­dus­try, and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into bac­te­rio­phage - viruses that in­fect bac­te­ria.

First prize for the doc­toral cat­e­gory is $5000 to­wards re­search costs, with a $2000 re­search travel grant for the run­ner-up.

There’s $1000 cash for the win­ning master’s the­sis, and a $1000 re­search travel grant for the Peo­ple’s Choice award.

Mur­rie said winners get the chance to com­pete na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Last year, Palmer­ston North hosted the New Zealand Master’s com­pe­ti­tion, and the Massey master’s win­ner will rep­re­sent the univer­sity at the same com­pe­ti­tion in Welling­ton on Au­gust 24.

The doc­toral win­ner gets to com­pete at the Asia-Pa­cific fi­nal in Bris­bane on Septem­ber 29.

Those want­ing to at­tend next Tues­day’s 5.30pm 3MT at the Spiers Cen­tre should reg­is­ter for cater­ing pur­poses through massey.ac.nz



Te Radar and friend at Massey Univer­sity’s Wild­base last year.

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