5 THREE MINUTE THESES
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.