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Three Minute Thesis Competition

2016 Three Minute Thesis Competition (UFS)

Back row (Left to right): Prof Felicity Burt, Dr Henrietta van den Berg, Prof William Rae
Front row (Left to right): Thuthukile Jita, Katleho Nyaile, Saheed Sabiu, Matseliso Mkotywa, Zingisile Mbo.

The Postgraduate Student Council in partnership with the Postgraduate School presents the 'Three Minute Thesis' (3MT) competition. The Three Minute Thesis competition originates from the University of Queensland, Australia, and has now become an annual event at our University. Participants are given three minutes to explain the essence of their research. The presentations should cover their research problem, how they tackle it and why it matters.

2016 Local Competition
Our 2016 local competition was held on 19 August at the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein Campus).

Our PhD student winners were:
Thuthukile Jita, Faculty of Education: ‘Pre-service teachers’ competences for teaching science through information and communication technologies during teaching practice’

Saheed Sabiu, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (Qwaqwa Campus): ’Waste to Health: Corn Silk in the Management of Kidney Diseases’

Our master's student winner was:
Zingisile Mbo, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (Bloemfontein Campus): ‘A revision of the spider genus Drassodella Hewitt 1916 (Araneae: Gallieniellidae)’

PhD people’s choice winner:
Saheed Sabiu  Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (Qwaqwa Campus): ’Waste to Health: Corn Silk in the Management of Kidney Diseases’

Master’s people’s choice winner:
Matseliso Mkotywa, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (Qwaqwa Campus): ‘The impact of vulture restaurants on different scavengers and the interactions between them in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Free State, South Africa’

2015 National Competition
The first national Three Minute Thesis competition in South Africa was held on 26-27 August 2015 at UFS. 

The winner of the PhD category was Gavin Robinson from the University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment.  His presentation was titled: 'A systematic approach for the implementing of an effective management model for gland service'.

The PhD runners up were: 2nd place – Erika Viljoen; 3rd place – Thulelah Takane; 4th place – Alba Gomez, Cinde Greyling, Azubike Onuora-Oguno.

The joint winners of the master’s category were both from UFS. Cameron McIntosh, from the Faculty of Heath Sciences, presented: 'A teacup, Timbuktu and Texas: The Tsabalala effect'. The second winner was Ingrid Allemann from Natural & Agricultural Sciences with her presentation: 'Chemical warfare in nature'.

The master’s runners up were: 2nd place – Tapiwa Mhuru; 3rd place – Bongani Thela, Phuti Sepuru, Stanley Onwubu.

Video footage from the 2015 national competition:
First day (PhD) highlights
Second day (Master's) highlights
Playlist - all videos from first day
Playlist - all videos from second day
2015 national competition background information
2015 national competition application form
2015 national competition rules
2015 national competition judging criteria

2015 Local Competition
Our 2015 local competition was held on 27 May and featured two winners:

Our PhD student winner was:
Alba Gomez, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences: 'Kruger National Park at Risk'

Our master's student winner was:
Cameron McIntosh, Faculty of Health Sciences: 'A Teacup, Timbuktu and Texas: A Common Thread?'

2014 Local Competition
Our 2014 competition was held on 31 October and featured two winners:

Our PhD student winner was:
Mariska Carter, Department of Psychology: 'The role of attachment in the relationship between perceived parenting dimensions and bullying behaviour in pre-adolescents'

Our master’s student winner was:

Ingrid Allemann, Department of Plant Sciences: 'Amaranthus: Foe or Friend'.

A 3 1/2  minute video with highlights of all the 2014 presentations is available on our Youtube page here http://youtu.be/psQvHucmVGA

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