Two upcoming events for postgrads (with prizes!)

Postgrads, get ready for the most exciting time of the year! Postgraduate Week is coming up in August and there are two events where you can meet with other postgrads, present your research, and win prizes.

The Postgraduate Research Symposium is going to be huge this year. You can enter a poster or give an oral presentation on your research; and for the first time, you can also present your research via “creative exhibition.” Entry is open to all current postgraduate research students.

Plus 3 Minute Thesis is back! There are competitions this year for Masters and doctoral students. Present your research in under 3 minutes, and be in to win great prizes (the doctoral winner gets an expenses-paid trip to Brisbane to compete at the trans-tasman finals!).

Entries for these events close in July, so check the notices below for details and get to work on your entries!



Connect @ the postgraduate research symposium, Friday 21 August 2015, 9.00am-5.30pm

Te Iringa Room, WG308, Level 3
WG Building, AUT City Campus

Call for abstract papers due by Friday 17 July 2015.

If you would like to share your research with us, then we want to hear from you.   This is an opportunity to present your research in front of your peers! You can showcase your work in one of three ways:

  • Oral presentation (15 minute presentation plus question time)
  • Creative exhibition (15 minute performance or demonstration plus question time)
  • Poster presentation

By participating in the event, you get to engage and network amongst other researchers, sharpen up on your presentation skills as well as add it to your research output.

For more information about the abstract guidelines go to the Postgraduate website or contact the University Postgraduate Centre by emailing

Closing date for abstract submissions is Fri 17 July 2015.

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Enter the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition!

​This year AUT is organising two 3MT competitions in which masters and doctoral students can sharpen their presentation skills.

The 3MT is a popular research communication competition which challenges research higher degree students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.  The competition requires you to:

  • explain your research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience
  • present your research with the use of only one static power-point slide
  • present without the use of electronic media or props
  • present within a 3 minute time limit

Applicants will participate in preliminary heats before the finals.  The selected finalists will compete during Postgraduate week which will be held on 17th – 21st August.  The winner of each finals event will represent AUT at either the Inter-University Masters Challenge at Auckland University or the Doctoral Trans-Tasman 3MT competition held in Brisbane.

We have organised a workshop that will provide helpful tips and guidance on how to prepare for the 3MT.  The workshop will be held on Wed 15 July from 12-1pm.  Click on this link to register your attendance.

Contact the University Postgraduate Centre by emailing for an application form.  Go to the AUT website for more information about the 3MT Competition 

Great prizes up for grabs!!

Closing date for applications close is Friday 24 July

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About Anaise Irvine

Dr Anaise Irvine is the Editor of Thesislink and leads the Researcher Education and Development team at Auckland University of Technology. Her PhD research analysed how contemporary films and novels represent genetic engineering as a social justice issue. These days she works with researchers at all levels to improve their research skills, and the most obscure of her own research skills is being able to turn novels into phylogenetic trees!

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