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National 3MT competition held at UFS
2017-04-04

Description: Dr Thuthukile Jita Tags: Dr Thuthukile Jita

Dr Thuthukile Jita, first runner-up in the Humanities
category at the National 3MT held at the University of
Free State.
Photo: Charl Devenish

From Neanderthal hybrid children to eating corn silk as a way of managing kidney diseases, the National Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT) captivated the mind.

“We brought the competition to South Africa and hosted the local, regional, and national competitions for the past few years,” said Dr Emmie Smit, organiser of the event. It is an opportunity to raise the profile of postgraduate research and to develop a cross-disciplinary student community to effectively communicate research to a wide audience. The event was founded by the University of Queensland, Australia. The third national 3MT competition took place at the University of the Free State (UFS) on Friday 24 March 2017.

Education lecturer first runner-up
Dr Thuthukile Jita, lecturer in the School of Education at the UFS, was the first runner-up in the Humanities category during the competition. As the winner of the PhD category at the 3MT competition held at the UFS in 2016, she represented the university at the national round held on Friday 24 March 2017. Her thesis, Pre-Service Teachers’ Competences for Teaching Science through Information and Communication Technologies during Teaching Practice, focus on how teachers can implement and use various communication technologies to improve the teaching of Science in the classroom.

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