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Gambling researcher bets on herself and wins Three Minute Thesis competition

Published:29 August 2018

1. Dean of Education and the Arts Professor Bill Blayney congratulates Hannah Thorne on winning the 3MT event and people's choice award. 2. Professor Blayney congratulates 3MT runner-up Caitlin George. 3. Visualise Your Thesis winner Karina Griffin.

Adelaide-based gambling research student Hannah Thorne has won both the judges' and people's choice awards at CQUniversity's annual 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition.

Armed with only one PowerPoint slide, Hannah wowed the judges and audience by outlining her study of whether sleep deprivation, alcohol and gambling could be a losing combination, worthy of consideration by gaming authorities.

Meantime, Rockhampton-based Physiotherapy research student Caitlin George was the 3MT runner-up, after describing her quest to investigate best practice in therapeutic taping for 'tennis elbow' so she can bring it to the attention of practitioners.

The parallel Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) competition enabled research students to create a video presentation to explain their work.

Bundaberg-based Karina Griffin won the VYT prize by screening her video, describing better ways to use copper-based sprays to control bacterial speck disease in tomatoes.

Competitors in both events were able to present live in the room, or via videoconference screens.

Local Toastmasters club members attended to provide all competitors with feedback on presentation skills.

The Asia-Pacific Final of 3MT is at The University of Queensland in Brisbane on Thursday 27 September and will include competitors from Australia, New Zealand, Oceania, Southeast and Northeast Asia:

https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/asia-pac/2018.

The national online gallery of Visualise Your Thesis finalists will be hosted by the University of Melbourne in coming months: https://research.unimelb.edu.au/visualiseyourthesis.