University of Newcastle Three Minute Thesis winner
Countless hours of research were condensed into bite-sized portions as postgraduate students took part in the University of Newcastle final of the national/trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on July 23.
Eighteen postgraduate researchers each had just 180 seconds and a single presentation slide to summarise their thesis for a non-specialist audience.
The 3MT Newcastle final provided the crowd with a unique insight into the innovative studies being undertaken by the university’s higher degree students, while also enhancing participants’ presentation and communication skills.
Among the finalists were nutrition and dietetics student, Lee Ashton, whose presentation detailed his investigation into the health and lifestyle issues faced by men aged 18 to 25. Lee’s research addresses the culture of poor health surrounding the demographic, with the aim of developing tailored healthy lifestyle programs for young men.
Newcastle Nursing School student Joanne Harmon shared how her thesis explores the communication barriers between nurses and elderly patients, and their influence on the effectiveness of pain management in hospitals along Australia’s east coast.
In the process of completing a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Emad Nemhelal presented his thesis involving how to reduce the effects of global warming through the capture and solidification of carbon dioxide, while fellow finalist Nursing PhD student Gary Crowfoot divulged his findings on the accessibility of stroke prevention measures for Australian patients, and talked his way into the final round of the National/Trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, overcoming stiff competition from 17 fellow UON postgraduate researchers.
A panel comprised of Newcastle City Councillor Nuatali Nelmes, co-founder of Slingshot Trent Bagnall and CEO of HunterNet Tony Cade were on hand to judge the event.
The University of Newcastle winner Gary Crowfoot will compete at the national/trans-Tasman final hosted by the University of Western Australia in November.
The School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Newcastle is one of four schools within the Faculty of Health. The school has an innovative approach to undergraduate and graduate teaching, and enjoys close collaboration with local area health services in providing clinical learning experiences for students, in the provision of graduate programs and in the conduct of clinical research.
Program: Bachelor of Nursing
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years