First and second runner-up, Ms Allison Ramsay (far left) and Mr Edgar Pollard (far right) and the overall winner, Mr Ravikash Prasad with the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and International), Professor John Bythell.
The University of the South Pacific successfully staged its annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition to help develop research communication skills among its postgraduate students.
The event, hosted by the University’s Research office, was held on 5 September 2012, at the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies located at the Laucala Campus in Suva.
During this year’s competition, eight postgraduate students presented their original research in three minutes using non-specialist language and a single presentation slide.
The competition supports the development of research students’ capacity to communicate ideas effectively and share their research experiences not only here at USP but also internationally.
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and International), Professor John Bythell, Director of Development, Marketing, Communications and Alumni, Mr Jaindra Karan and the Strategic Total Academic Review (STAR) Project Manager, Mr Ashwin Raj sat on the judging panel.
After hearing compelling orations from the participants, the panel made a unanimous decision and announced Mr Ravikash Prasad as the overall winner.
Professor Bythell commended all the participants for their excellent presentations, but cited the compelling arguments, clear expression and engagement with the audience that gave Mr Ravikash the edge.
Mr Prasad, a MSc student in Environment Science from the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment, presented his research topic on ‘Invasive Plant to control Invasive Termite.’
As the winner, Mr Prasad won an Asus laptop and will represent USP at the Trans-Tasman 3MT competition which will be hosted by the University of Queensland later in the year.
First and second runner-up prizes were awarded to Mr Edgar Pollard and Ms Allison Ramsay respectively.
The event was attended by staff and students of the University.