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ECU researchers shine in Three Minute Thesis Competition

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

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Congratulations to ECU researcher, Jeremy Rice, who was announced as the winner of the ECU Three Minute Thesis competition on Thursday, 19 August with his presentation on Taboo Theatre for Teenagers.

Jeremy will now fly to Brisbane to represent ECU at the inaugural Australia and New Zealand Three Minute Thesis Competition, held later in the year.

The competition, held throughout Research Week, saw PhD Students, Professional Doctorate and Master by Research students battle it out to explain their research clearly, concisely and compellingly in under three minutes.

Jeremy’s presentation discussed his research interest, which focuses on the practice of creating theatre for young audiences and why stories of teacher-student sexual relationships are taboo in teenage theatre.

Jeremy thoroughly enjoyed the competition, which gave him the chance to present his thesis to a large audience.

“Postgraduate research can be lonely but, so far, the competition has brought a disparate group of researchers together to talk about our work.”

“I’m still in awe of all the other ECU finalists and feel privileged to have been chosen to represent ECU among this strong group of competitors,” said Mr Rice.

Second place was awarded to School of Communication and Arts student, Ms Sian Teague, for her presentation on abortion, with third place awarded to Faculty of Business and Law student, Ms Jalleh Sharafizad, for her presentation on women’s networking in small business.

Ms Teague was also recognised with the People’s Choice award, chosen by the audience at the ECU final.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor John Finlay-Jones, congratulated all students on their achievements.

“The competition was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the work of ECU research students, and I would like to congratulate all students on their efforts throughout the competition.”

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