Prize double for chemist in thesis contest
A PhD student from the School of Chemistry has won two prizes in the University’s 3 Minute Thesis competition.
The final of the contest, in which PhD students vie to deliver the best research presentation in three minutes using one slide, took place in the Informatics Forum.
The competition winner was Euan Doidge from the School of Chemistry with his presentation ‘WEEE are Golden: metal recovery by solvent extraction’.
Euan will now go on to represent the University in the UK and Universitas 21 competitions.
The contest’s runner-up was Issy MacGregor from the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine with her presentation ‘Meiotic Recombination: The Great Genetic Bake Off’.
Audience members also voted to award the People’s Choice prize to Euan Doidge.
Nine finalists from the University’s three Colleges competed in the sell-out final, which was also streamed live online.
They included Isobel MacGregor and Toby Gurran from MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine and Laura Glendinning from the Roslin Institute.
Also taking part were Lulu Tucker and Euan Doidge from the School of Chemistry and Jennifer Dodoo from the School of Engineering.
William Kerr and Tim Squirrell from the School of Social and Political Science competed, alongside Vanitha Subramaniam from the School of Health in Social Science.
First developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, the 3MT competition challenges research students to communicate the significance of their projects to a non-specialist audience.
It enables doctoral students to showcase their work, and can open doors to new collaborations and networks for researchers and supervisors.