One of the highlights of the postgraduate year at Warwick is an annual PGR Showcase competition. The major purpose of the event is to highlight the fabulous research that Warwick’s PGRs are engaged in and it also highlights the value the University places on public engagement and communicating research.
There are two competitions on the day – a Poster Competition and a 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Competition which challenges PGR students to present a compelling talk of their research and its significance to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes.
We are very proud of our talented PGR students who have performed very well in local and national 3MT competitions!
In 2016, four of our PGR students (Brian O’Shea, Kirsty Lee, Melissa Colloff, and Sophie Nightingale) entered the Warwick 3MT competition and all of them made it through to the finals of the Warwick competition. Melissa was crowned overall winner of the Warwick 3MT competition and she went on to compete in the national 3MT competition where she successfully made it to the list of top six finalists! You can watch Melissa’s talk at the national 3MT 2016 finals n Birmingham at https://www.vitae.ac.uk/events/three-minute-thesis-competition/copy_of_3mt-finalists-2016
In 2017, once again, two of our PGR students – Eva Jimenez-Mesa and Divya Sukumar – put up a superb performance at the Warwick 3MT Finals. Eva and Divya delivered beautifully polished 3MT talks, and Divya was crowned not only the “people’s choice” winner but also the overall winner of the Warwick 3MT Finals. Divya’s talk at the national 3MT competition can be seen here: https://www.vitae.ac.uk/events/three-minute-thesis-competition/3mt-2016/uk3mtsemifinalists2017
In 2018, our talented PGR student Devon Allcoat gave an engaging and informative 3MT talk about her doctoral research at the Warwick 3MT Finals and won the runner-up award out of the 11 finalists! You can watch Devon’s talk at the Warwick 3MT Finals at https://warwick.ac.uk/services/skills/pgr/opportunities/showcase/films.