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Visualise Your Thesis

Visualise Your Thesis is an international competition that challenges graduate researchers to summarise their research in an engaging, 60-second visual multimedia presentation. It gives the researcher the opportunity to build essential digital communication skills so they can effectively communicate complex research to a general audience.

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What's involved

You are required to develop a 60-second presentation, using a supplied template, that encapsulates your research project. Competition submissions are judged on their visual impact, and how well the content presents the research. The competition allows for multi-media, interactivity and interpretation and is suitable for all disciplines.

The University supports competitors with a competition pack that includes training materials and guidance to help put together a winning entry. We will also have online drop-in sessions to answer questions and provide advice closer to the close of submissions.

Check out the entries from previous years of the University of Sydney’s Visualise Your Thesis competition.


You are eligible to enter if you are a currently enrolled Higher Degree by Research candidate, at any stage of your candidature.

You are not eligible to enter the competition if:

  • you are an honours student
  • you are a masters by coursework student
  • you are a graduate researcher on a leave of absence
  • your candidature has lapsed.

If you're affiliated with a research institute that is also running a Visualise Your Thesis competition, you will have to decide whether you would like to represent the University or your research institute, as you can only enter once local competition per year.

Your entry should be original. The resubmission of previous entries is only permitted where the content has been substantially revised.

If you’re also employed by the University of Sydney, you are not prohibited from entering unless you have, or are perceived to have, influence over the competition outcome, research funding or related resourcing, then you would not be eligible to participate.

How to apply

Submit the Visualise Your Thesis registration form. Once submitted, you will receive a competition pack with further details and training to help with your entry.

Once your presentation is finished, submit your entry. The competition closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 9 July 2023.

If you have any questions please email:

Winners and prizes

Judges will determine a University winner and a runner-up from the submitted entries. The winner will be announced at a joint event with 3MT on Friday 18 August 2023. A viewer’s choice winner will be determined based on votes from University students and staff. Prizes are as follows:

  • First prize: AUD $2,500
  • Second prize: AUD $1,000
  • Third prize/Viewer's choice: AUD $500

The winning entry will represent the University of Sydney as a finalist at the International Visualise Your Thesis Competition run by the University of Melbourne.

2022 results

  • Winner: Daniel Surkalim, Faculty of Medicine and Health: 'Being Lonely Together: A Profile of Loneliness Across the Lifespan.'
  • Runner-up: Yuxiao Chen, Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning: 'The perfect concert hall: is it all about sound?'
  • Runner-up: Johnny Wong, Faculty of Science: 'How can we grow human stem cells more effectively?'

2021 results

  • Winner: Anastasia Suraev, School of Psychology, Faculty of Science: ‘From prohibition to prescription: Cannabinoids as novel sleep aids.’
  • Runner-up: Ana Rita Barreiros, Westmead Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health: ‘A comprehensive study of the effects of real-time functional MRI neurofeedback on treatment-resistant depression.’
  • Viewer’s Choice: Rachel Visontay, the Matilda Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health: ‘To drink or not to drink: Does a little bit of alcohol cause good health?
Last updated: 22 September 2023

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