Researchers excel in online Three Minute Thesis and Visualise Your Thesis competitions

Published:15 September 2020

Top left: CQUni Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition winner Roksana Tumpa and (top right) 3MT runner-up Ainslie Monson and (bottom left) Visualise Your Thesis winner (VYT) Chantelle Clarke and (bottom right) VYT runner-up Vijay Rawat.

A framework for designing group-based assessments by CQUni Masters by Research student Roksana Tumpa won the CQUniversity round of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition recently.

Roksana was the clear crowd favourite, with more than 300 online votes to take out the main prize and the People’s Choice award, however because the 3MT rules dictate that entrants must be confirmed PhD students to be eligible to compete in the international event, Runner Up Ainslie Monson (PhD) will progress to the Asia-Pacific final.

Regardless, Roksana was overwhelmed by news of the win.

“It has been a great experience to participate in the Three Minute Thesis competition - I enjoyed the journey thoroughly,” she said.

“This was the first time ever I participated in this competition and won both the Winner's and the People's Choice Award. I feel overwhelmed, excited and more motivated to participate next year.

“I am glad that I could communicate my research to a common audience. I would like to thank my supervisors for their continuous support, motivation, and encouragement. Many thanks to the judges and people who voted for me.

Ainslie’s research looked at What’s Happening with Albert? Decision making for seriously ill patients in acute care hospital.

“I entered the 3MT to improve my research communication and public speaking skills. The 3MT has helped me develop a better understanding of what I am doing and how best to explain it other people,” she said.

“To be selected to represent CQUniversity at the Asia-Pacific final is very exciting as this will provide a platform to let the world know how important my research is.

“I am passionate about making a difference to the lives of adult children who have a parent/s in residential aged care facilities. This opportunity will cement me as an academic who has a firm vision to ensure adult children are involved in shared decision making about their parents’ health and health care in the future.”

Meanwhile Researcher Chantelle Clarke won the Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) main prize and the People’s Choice award with her research into Supporting mental health for women with lipoedema through compassionate mind training

“I was so excited to hear the competition results. With no previous experience in communications, I was blessed to receive support from my supervisor Assoc Prof Talitha Best, the NeuroHealth Lab, and Dr Jan Cattoni with near-daily advice, feedback, and support, which resulted in being able to put together a winning entry,” Chantelle said.

“I was very pleased with how well-received the entry was within the lipoedema community and I am grateful to be able to continue to raise awareness for the condition and my research at the next level of the competition representing CQUniversity.”

Researcher Vijay Rawat took out the Runner Up category with his research Helping humans heal: the effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy for mental health:

“I was pleasantly surprised to receive the runner up prize, given the high quality of some of the other entries,” he said.

“It’s very easy to get caught up in the technicality of your research area, so this experience was a good circuit breaker for that and helped me develop skills for simple and effective communication.

“I’m only about three months into my candidature - I only entered because when the competition call opened us here in Melbourne were in lockdown, and I just needed something to keep my mind occupied.

“Nonetheless it’s been a valuable experience and I’d encourage graduate students to participate (lockdown or no lockdown).