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  3. Visualise Your Thesis

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

You can complete an online registration form to express your interest. We will then email you the official competition pack, which contains the instructions, templates and resources to help you put your submission together. The pack also provides instructions on how to submit your 2021 Visualise your Thesis entry.

Registration is open from Friday 2 July 2021 and will close on Friday 30 July 2021. Submissions will open on Monday 5 July 2021 and close at 11:59pm on Friday 30 July 2021. 

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. There will be no prizes or money associated with these awards.

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. Prizes for the international competition are:

  • First prize: AUD $5,000
  • Second prize: AUD $2,000
  • Third prize: AUD $1,000

2020 results

  • Winner: Francisco Garcia Bulle Bueno - School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science ‘How to count tropical pollinators in Australia? Estimating the colony density of the Australian native bee Tetragonula carbonaria’
  • Runner Up: Jiarun Lin - School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science: New ways of illuminating disease
  • Viewers’ Choice: Jocelin Chan - School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine and Health: ‘Bedside to bench and bench to bedside – Evaluating the effect of Annona muricata in people living with cancer – The B to B and back study’
Last updated: 02 July 2021

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