Keeping it short and sharp

When we think thesis, we imagine a long, detailed journal filled with jargons nobody but the researcher understands.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition where Graduate Research students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance with the use of only one PowerPoint slide. The competition challenges students to consolidate their research ideas and present these discoveries concisely to a non-specialist audience.

Ahmad Junaid from the School of Pharmacy secured first place with his topic "Cure Cancer through Chemistry". He maintained a confident and calm demeanor through his allocated three minutes, and delivered an engaging and interesting take on his topic. Ahmad Junaid will represent Monash University Malaysia at the competition in Monash University Australia this August.

First runner-up Priya Sharma Amarjit Singh, from the School of Business, presented on her research about refugees entitled "I am Bishal. I am not a commodity", while second runner-up Serena In, from the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, gave the audience a relatable presentation on "Resilient Families: Keeping Teens Alive and Well".

Who doesn't enjoy a good love story? This is why when People's Choice Award recipient from the School of Science, Krystle Angelique Aguda Santiago, presented her topic "Partners for life: the fungi-algae love story", it became an instant hit. The audience and judges, alike, had a good laugh about the relationship of the unlikely pair.

The judging panel consisted of Monash Malaysia Vice President (R&D) Professor Mahendhiran Nair, Professor Helen Nesadurai from the School of Arts and Social Sciences and Executive Director of Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC) Dr Mahaletchumy Arujunan.