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Harish Achar Vasant wins the FPSE 3MT faculty final

Published: 24 March 2016
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Xiaoqing and Harish were chosen as winners of the FPSE 3MT faculty final

A group of students from Physical Sciences and Engineering (FPSE) went head-to-head last Wednesday afternoon in their Three Minute Thesis faculty final.

Competing for a chance to represent the faculty at the University’s Grand Final in May, each doctoral researcher delivered a bite-sized presentation on their thesis, attempting to condense thousands of hours’ work into their allocated three minutes.

Voted for by the Judging Panel, first prize went to Harish Achar Vasant, a PhD student from the Optoelectronics Research Centre. Harish spoke confidently throughout his presentation on building high-powered single-frequency lasers.

Second prize, and also the People’s Choice award, was awarded to Xiaoqing (Sally) Shi, a PhD student from Electronics and Computer Science.

Xiaoqing easily translated her complex research for a non-specialist audience, in her presentation titled ‘Fabrication at the nanoscale: using a focussed helium ion beam to make the devices of the future.'

After receiving his winner’s certificate, Harish said: "I thought it was going to be tough as it was going up against PhD students from the whole faculty, and it was! But I practiced a lot to get the timing right for my presentation."

Harish also said: “When you do research, you are just dealing with a small number of people but I think it is important to tell others, the public, about the research we are doing.

“Three Minute Thesis is a good way of practicing that. Normally it can take around seven hours to present a thesis and you would lose the public’s attention, but this [3MT] makes it easy to grasp research and for the public to really understand.”

The competitors to take part in the FPSE Three Minute Thesis faculty final were:

  • Xiaoqing (Sally) Shi
  • Joao Valente
  • Miranda Turvey
  • Harish Achar Vasant


The next, and last, of the 3MT faculty finals to take place is:

Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences Final - Thursday 31 March 2016 at 2.30pm, 54/4011 L/T 4A

The 3MT Grand Final takes place on 12 May and makes up part of the Festival of Doctoral Research.

Follow the Doctoral College on Twitter, @UoSDocCollege, for live tweets during the faculty finals and all the latest Doctoral College updates.

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