MDHS graduate researcher wins University 3MT Grand Final

September 11 / 69

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate Research) Professor Dick Strugnell with Tommy Lieu, Rosemarie Boland, Joanna Dups and Chris Leung
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate Research) Professor Dick Strugnell with Tommy Lieu, Rosemarie Boland, Joanna Dups and Chris Leung

Rosemarie Boland has won the University’s 2011 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Now in its second year, 3MT encourages graduate researchers to develop their communication skills based on their own research by presenting their projects to a lay audience in just three minutes. This year, 87 graduate researchers competed in heats, and 10 competitors were chosen for the grand final.

Ms Boland, from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, spoke about her PhD research, which focuses on ways to better predict and prevent pre-term birth in non tertiary hospitals. 

She received a $4500 travelling scholarship and the Peter McPhee perpetual trophy. She will also participate in the 2011 Asia-Pacific competition at the University of Western Australia at the end of the month.

Finalists were judged on communication style, comprehension and engagement by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) Professor Sue Elliott, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (University Affairs) Professor Warren Bebbington and Simon Clews, Director of the University’s Writing Centre for Scholars and Researchers.

Joanna Dups from Veterinary Science came second, and Chris Leung from the Department of Medicine came third. The 3RRR People’s Choice Award winner was Tommy Lieu, who was  selected by the live audience via SMS and almost 2000 viewers who watched via online streaming.

Pro- Vice Chancellor (Graduate Research) Dick Strugnell said because Australian universities were largely public funded, they were obliged to communicate back to the public what they were doing with those funds.

Ms Boland said she participated because the 3MTseemed like a challenging event and a good way to develop new skills. 

 “After going to the briefing session in May, when we heard last year’s winners and then to a workshop in June, I was hooked,” she said. 

 “Two of my colleagues were also fellow participants, and we started meeting and practising our talks, giving each other feedback and timing ourselves. This created a stronger sense of collegiality between our three specialty areas.”

 Ms Boland will use her scholarship to fund a trip to Boston for the Paediatric Academic Societies (PAS) conference.

“I will submit abstracts to present part of my PhD work. If accepted, this will give me incredible exposure to an international audience,” she said. 

 “The 3MT has given me new friends, new skills, made my Boston dream a reality and so much more... It's been fun!”


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