Science student in Top 3 for Thesis in 3

17 August 2017

Jess McHale from Geological Sciences took out 3rd place in UC's 3 Minute Thesis Competition.

  • Jess McHale with Brigid McNeill

    3rd place winner Jess McHale from Geological Sciences, with judge Associate Professor Brigid McNeill (School of Teacher Education)

Jess McHale presenting her Thesis in 3 minutes

Jess McHale presenting her 3-minute thesis

The UC Thesis-in-three final was held Tuesday 15 August 2017 in E8 (Engineering lecture theatre). Thesis-in-three is a competition among the University Doctoral and research Masters students to describe in simple terms their research in three minutes and one powerpoint slide. 16 research students from all five Colleges presented at the event.

Jess McHale from Geological Sciences, whose supervisors are Clark Fenton and Tom Wilson, was placed third. She received a prize of $1000 and as a Master’s student, goes to the Master’s finals in Wellington 24 August 2017.

The three winners of last night’s Thesis in Three University final:
1st: Philipp Sueltrop from UC Engineering ($5000 prize)
2nd: Jacq Jones from UCArts ($2000 prize)
3rd: Jess McHale from UC Science ($1000 prize)

Philipp will represent UC at the 2017 Asia-Pacific 3MT Finals Friday 29 September 2017

Professor Ian Wright, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) opened proceedings, and Professor Jon Harding, Dean of Postgraduate Research, was the Master of Ceremonies.

The event was well attended, with at least 200 in attendance. Professor Harding felt the Colleges were really well represented by the presentations. Harding commented that there was a great diversity of talks, with both domestic and international speakers. The presentations showed the depth of research at UC, clearly showing how cutting edge and topical our work is.

Thank you to the 3 judges: Thomas Gillman (UCSA PG rep), who also works as an administrator at the Centre for European Studies, Associate Professor Annick Masselot (Law), and Associate Professor Brigid McNeill (School of Teacher Education)

Thank you also to the PGSA for providing food and drink.

Congratulations to all competitors for engaging and enthralling talks.