ANU Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Final 2017

Imagine condensing hours, days and even years of complex research into a short presentation while being judged by an expert panel and lecture theatre full of your peers and strangers. An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to read, they have 3 minutes.

Join us for an evening of smart entertainment and catch a glimpse of the amazing research projects that are being conducted on campus by ANU PhD students suitable for the whole family.

On the night, thirteen finalists will wow you and the judges for the #ANU3MT 2017 crown, $4000 in prize money and a place in the 3MT Asia-Pacific grand final. We need you to cast your vote for the People's Choice award, the audience favourite will take home a $500 cash prize.

The 3MT is an international competition for research students to showcase their research. Students share what their research is and why it is important in plain language for three minutes, with only a single PowerPoint slide.

Our judges for the competition are:

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr

Andrew Barr completed his Bachelor of Arts (Policy Studies) here at the Australian National University. In 2006, Andrew became an Australian Labor Party member in the ACT Legislative Assembly, and in 2014 was elected Chief Minister of the ACT. In addition, Andrew also holds the positions of ACT Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, and Minister for Tourism and Major Events.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt AC, FRS, FAA

Brian Schmidt graduated from the University of Arizona with two Bachelors of Science in Physics and Astronomy in 1989. Brian then went on to receive both his Masters and PhD in Astronomy at Harvard University. Among a plethora of prestigious awards and honours, Brian jointly won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contribution to the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe.

Janelle Weissman, UN Women

Currently the Executive Director of UN Women National Committee, Janelle Weissman has graduated with her Masters both in Non-profit Management and International Studies. By serving on boards and committees, as well as holding high directorial positions, Janelle has worked to improve the quality of life by expanding access to health services, strengthening equality, and supporting those with HIV/AIDS.

Shane Drumgold

Current Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions ACT, Shane Drumgold holds two Bachelor degrees, one in Economics and one in Law with honours. In 2004, Shane graduated with a Masters in International Law from the Australian National University. With a strong background in legal practice, Shane has been a public defender and senior prosecutor, working with organisations such as the Aboriginal legal service and the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

Stephanie Peatling

Stephanie Peatling completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in 1998 from the Australian National University. Stephanie now works as a journalist for Fairfax Media, succeeding as a political correspondent for the Sun Herald, while being a senior writer for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age based at Parliament House.

Each of the twelve finalists represents one of seven ANU Colleges:
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
ANU College of Business and Economics
ANU College of Law, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment
ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences