Rhyming research wins

A rhyming explanation of childhood obesity research has won best performance at Victoria University's 3 Minute Thesis final.

Biomedical and Lifestyle Disease Masters student Tiffany Mann said she was "surprised and ecstatic" to win the August 24 event, which tests a student's capacity to clearly explain their research to a non-specialist audience in less than three minutes.

Miss Mann will now represent Victoria University at the Trans-Tasman Final in Brisbane on October 11, and says she'll rhyme it there too.

"In the heats I really stressed about forgetting my lines so I thought rhyming the whole thing might make it easier to remember," she said. "Well the risk paid off because I remembered it all and people seemed to like it."

Miss Mann said the win had renewed her enthusiasm for research and the whole competition had been a useful exercise in focussing her project.

"It helps you clarify the important points of your research in a logical order and answer the questions about what, why and how you are doing it," she said.

Miss Mann will receive $1000 towards research expenses, plus flights and accommodation for the final in Brisbane.

Second prize of $500 and the People's Choice Award of an iPad both went to Guy Little for his presentation on the experiences of physiotherapists and sports psychologists.

Third prize of $250 went to Rabia Ashraf who is researching immuno-stimulatory properties of probiotic bacteria.

To get involved in the university's 3MT competition contact the Office for Postgraduate Research on 9919 4522 or [email protected]

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