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  3. Visualise Your Thesis

Visualise Your Thesis

Overview

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.

HDR students should contact vyt.admin@sydney.edu.au for further information.

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.

Eligibility

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

  1. Submit an expression of interest by completeing the VYT Competition Registration and you will receive a competition pack with further details and training to help with your entry.
  2. Once you have completed your presentation you will need to submit your entry

If you have any questions please email: vyt.admin@sydney.edu.au

Winners and prizes

Judges will determine a University winner and a runner-up from the submitted entries. 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: 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.

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: 01 August 2022

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