On Friday 16 August, postgraduate research students and their supporters gathered for several events to celebrate the amazing work that they do.
In the first time ever for AUT, 3MT master's winner Livvy Mitchell went on to take a national prize at the Master's Inter-University 3MT Challenge in Dunedin.
At the Postgraduate Research Symposium, AUT research students present their work through poster and oral presentations and creative exhibitions. In a process mimicking academic conferences, each presenter must be accepted to the Symposium by writing an abstract in advance and taking part in an abstract review process.
The event kicked off with a keynote address by Associate Professor Barbara Bollard, who discussed how she built an exciting research career based on a childhood fascination with satellites.
The Symposium then split into 11 streams of student presentations, with more than 30 students giving 15-minute presentations on topics from cloud computing, to healthcare for the elderly, to the experiences of non-standard workers. An array of student posters were also on display throughout the day.
Presenters Tanya Ewertowska and Amr Mahmoud took home awards for the Best Abstract and Best Poster, respectively.
The 3MT competition began in Australia in 2008, and since 2011 the popularity has increased, with competitions held in over 200 universities across more than 18 countries.
The rules: competitors have just three minutes to communicate their research, with just one PowerPoint slide. No props, no costumes, no video or audio support. Anyone going over time is disqualified.
Those who took part in this year’s AUT 3MT finals had already progressed through the Pre-Heat competitions in late July. Three Masters and seven Doctoral finalists took to the stage to communicate their research and its significance to a huge crowd.
Peter Jean-Paul from the School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences was the winner of the AUT 3MT Doctoral Competition, with his presentation entitled ‘Investigating the value proposition of Energy Saving Devices’.
Peter will go on to represent AUT at the Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition in Brisbane, Australia, on 4 October. Keep an eye out for the livestreaming link to watch Peter compete at the next level of the competition.
Reflecting on his experience, Peter said that he believes AUT works hard to bring out the best in its students irrespective of who you are.
“I would say to anyone wanting to do the competition, just do it! Don’t think about it, don’t worry about your weaknesses or anxieties about public speaking, just learn as much as you can and present. Make an honest effort; don’t go into the competition with the aim of winning but go into it with the aim of learning.”
Livvy Mitchell from the Business School was the winner of the AUT 3MT Master’s Competition, with her presentation entitled ‘Home Detention: Couch surfing or job preserving?’ Livvy went on to compete at the Master’s Inter-University 3MT Challenge in Dunedin on 22 August, where she won first prize. Livvy is the first AUT winner at the national level of the 3MT competition.
Livvy said she saw the competition as a fun and unique way to share her research with an audience outside of her study area.
“The best part about participating in the 3MT competitions was meeting the other contestants and being inspired by their research. There are not many competitions that span wider than the fields we study in, so to hear about research being conducted in other faculties was truly awesome.”
AUT’s Graduate Research School offers researcher development support and services for postgraduate research students at AUT.
Visit us online or in WU building level 5 for information about doctoral inductions, writing retreats, regular mix and mingles, postgraduate seminars, research students’ peer groups, and much more.