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Three Minute Thesis (3MT) 2012 Final

The ECU 3MT Final took place on Tuesday, 18 September. Nine research candidates were successful in reaching the ECU Finals, showcasing some of the incredible research being undertaken by our HDR candidates. ECU Winner Kitty-Rose Foley, a PHD candidate from the School Exercise and Health Sciences represented ECU in the 2012 Trans-Tasman 3MT competition on Thursday, 11 October.


Kitty-Rose Foley

PhD candidate, School of Exercise and Health Sciences, Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
"Transition from school to post-school for young adults with Down syndrome"

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" This is the question we should be asking children and young people with disabilities, according to ECU’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition winner Kitty-Rose Foley.

Ms Foley had just three minutes to explain the focus of her PhD research project, entitled Transition from school to adulthood for young adults with Down syndrome.

  • Kitty-Rose Foley is a PhD student based at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. Kitty completed her degree in Occupational Therapy with honours in 2009. She now works part-time as a paediatric Occupational Therapist alongside her PhD research.
  • Kitty's clinical caseload includes children with Autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Vision impairment and global development delay.
  • Her clinical work and current research are aligned in the aim of improving wellbeing and quality of life of children and young people with disabilities and their families


Anna Urbanowicz

PhD candidate, School of Exercise and Health Sciences, Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
"Communication: How do females with Rett syndrome perform this activity?”

  • Anna is an occupational therapist currently undertaking a PhD in collaboration with the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.
  • Her research is looking at how females with Rett syndrome communicate in everyday life and the personal and environmental factors that may influence communication.
  • She has worked clinically with children and adolescents with a variety of disabilities and last year coordinated a project investigating the use of technologies, such as the iPad, in therapy with children and adolescents.

Third Place

Gemma Foxall

Masters by Research candidate, School of Education, Faculty of Education and Arts
"The Kingston Internship Model: An Alternative Approach to Pre-Service Teacher Training"

  • Gemma is a part time Masters student and works full time as a teacher. She has taught in three continents and has experience in pre-primary through to secondary education.
  • Gemma’s passion for the teaching profession has inspired her to learn more about the training of graduate teachers in Western Australia.

People’s Choice

Philip Everall

PhD candidate, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Faculty of Education and Arts
"Going off-book: A Critical Examination of Extended Techniques for Bass Clarinet"

  • Philip Everall is a PhD candidate and sessional tutor at WAAPA. He holds a Bachelor of Music from UWA, and Masters degrees in Bass Clarinet and Contemporary Performance Practice from The Amsterdam Conservatoire and the Manhattan School of Music.
  • As a performer Philip has worked with most of Australia’s major orchestras as well as several contemporary ensembles in the USA and Europe.
  • His current research is in the execution and implementation of Extended Techniques for the Bass Clarinet.

ECU 3MT Finalists

Saiyidi Mat Roni

PhD candidate, School of Accounting, Finance & Economics, Faculty of Business and Law
"An Analysis of Insider Dysfunctional Behaviours in an Accounting Information System Environment"

  • Saiyidi is a lecturer at the faculty of accounting at a public university in Malaysia since 2000 and has been actively involved in training programs with Royal Malaysian Customs in digital forensic accounting field since 2007.
  • His current research forms an extension of his passion in his training programs with the customs office, which primarily focuses on employee negative behaviours dealing with accounting information systems.

Usep Suhud

PhD candidate, School of Marketing, Tourism and Leisure, Faculty of Business and Law
"Experiencing the Squalor - An investigation of who would be the next volunteer tourists"

  • Usep enjoys volcano summits, open water, forest shadows, ancient tombs, and interacting with people from the fourth world countries. Now, he’s stopped his adventures for a while.
  • His experience, passion, and hope for a sustainable tourism in Indonesia – his home country – inspired him to carry out a research in volunteer tourism.

Maduka Irangi Udunuwara

PhD candidate, School of Marketing, Tourism and Leisure, Faculty of Business and Law
"Impact of customer relationship management (CRM) on variety seeking leisure travellers in the hotel industry"

  • Maduka is a full time PhD student at the School of Marketing, Tourism and Leisure.
  • She is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Colonvo, Department of Marketing.
  • Maduka’s research interests are customer relationship management, leisure tourism, and customer service in Asia.

Soseh Yekanians

Masters by Research candidate, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Faculty of Education and Art
"Straight from the Page to the Stage: A directing guide for first time directors"

  • Soseh is a full-time Masters by Research student at WAAPA and is a graduate from the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art in Sydney and the Atlantic Theater Company acting school in New York.
  • Throughout her career whilst perusing her directing endeavours, Soseh has developed a strong teaching base working as an acting coach and private acting consultant in Australia and the US.

Favil Singh

PhD candidate, School of Exercise and Health Sciences, Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
"Exercise prior to surgery"

  • Favil is a full time PhD student. He works as a casual Research Assistant at the ECU Health and Wellness Institute. He completed with Bsc (Sport Science) with Honours from ECU.
  • Favil has worked for different organisations in Singapore and Australia prior to starting his PhD studies.
  • His current research is in the area of cancer and exercise science.
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