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20th April 2018

Join us for the Three-Minute Thesis!

All alumni, friends and members of Exeter College are invited to what will be one of the most exciting events of the year!

We are delighted to reveal that Exeter will host its first Three-Minute Thesis © competition at the end of April.

Founded by the University of Queensland, the Three-Minute Thesis is a nerve-racking competition between graduate students. Imagine trying to distil your DPhil research and explain it to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes. No props, no gimmicks, and definitely no extensions. Just 180 seconds to explain your thesis better than anyone else.

A panel of judges will determine the winner and a ‘people’s choice’ award will be decided by the audience. Who will get your vote?

The topics for discussion include ‘Predicting the unpredictable with a heavy heart’ (Rina Ariga, DPhil candidate in Cardiovascular Medicine), ‘What English looks like’ (James Misson, DPhil candidate in English), and ‘Money creation in a modern banking system’ (Xuan Wang, DPhil candidate in Management Studies).

The Three-Minute Thesis competition celebrates the remarkable research conducted by graduate students and challenges them to develop skills that will be invaluable after they complete their studies.

Event details and free registration

The competition will take place at Cohen Quad at 6 pm on 30 April. Join us – for free – at this exciting event by contacting Amelia Crosse on or 01865 279620. Students, staff, alumni and friends of the College are all most welcome. Simply register by Wednesday 25th April. Drinks and light snacks will be served, so please indicate if you have any dietary requirements. Further details about the event are available here.

The complete list of entrants is:

  • Rina Ariga, DPhil in Cardiovascular Medicine: ‘Predicting the unpredictable with a heavy heart’
  • Lauren Bandy, DPhil in Population Health: ‘Using big data to track the evolving food system’
  • Shiri Heffetz, MSc in Mathematics and Foundations of Computer Science: ‘From social networks to voting systems’
  • James Misson, DPhil in English (History of the Book): ‘What English looks like’
  • Franziska Poprawe, DPhil in Philosophy: ‘How ought we to reason?’
  • Luanlaun Sun, DPhil in Population Health: ‘Does lower “bad” cholesterol increase your risk of cerebral bleeding?’
  • Xuan Wang, DPhil in Management Studies – Financial Economics Pathway: ‘Money Creation in Modern Banking System’
  • Till Weidner, DPhil in Systems Engineering: ‘Optimising the urban resource nexus with large-scale urban horticulture and decentralised organic waste management’

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