Visualise Your Thesis

The Visualise Your Thesis competition celebrates research conducted by graduate research students around the world.

Developed by The University of Melbourne, the competition challenges graduate researchers to present their research in a 60-second, eye catching digital display.

Competition submissions are judged on their visual impact and how well the content presents the research. The 2018 winner will compete in the national online competition in October, held on the University of Melbourne's Visualise Your Thesis website.


The Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) competition is open to all Victoria University graduate research candidates, including candidates that have not yet reached confirmation.

Participants must agree for their entry to be displayed on the University of Melbourne’s Visualise Your Thesis website (winning entry only) and on the Victoria University website and related media.


  • First prize: $500 pre-paid visa gift card
  • Runner up prize: $250 pre-paid visa gift card
  • People’s Choice award: 6 Adult movie tickets

Key dates

  • Competition opens: 25 June 2018
  • Information session: 6 July 2018
  • Submissions close: 17 August 2018
  • Winners announced: 24 August 2018.


Prizes are decided and presented at the VYT final on the 24 August 2018.

The competition winner will have their ePoster submitted to the national online competition at the University of Melbourne from 1 September 2018.

Competition rules

Terms & conditions

Participants must adhere to the following rules and regulations:

  1. The supplied PowerPoint template must be used to create your video
  2. No embedded videos (YouTube, Vimeo etc.)
  3. The video/presentation must not exceed 60 seconds in duration and a file size of 100MB
  4. You must include all references for any resources used to create your video
  5. Media, including images, audio and video files must comply with copyright legislation and regulations
  6. Late submissions will not be accepted
  7. The decision of the adjudicating panel is final

Read the full competition terms and conditions.

Judging criteria

Visual Impact (1-10 points)

  • How well designed, creative, innovative and engaging is the entry?
  • Is it visually striking and memorable?
  • Does it attract from a distance and deliver details close up?
  • Does it make a good first impression and then offer rich content on further examination?
  • Does it make the most of the available technology?

Content (1-10 points)

  • Does the entry provide an understanding of the research question being addressed, its significance, and potential impact?
  • Is the research communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Is the entry free from jargon, unexplained acronyms and incomprehensible technical terms?
  • Does the entry leave you inspired and curious?

Scholarly citizenship (1-10 points)

  • Does the entry include complete and correct references for any resources used to create the entry? Including: citation of any images, audio, and video:
  • In the Public Domain,
    • Licensed under Creative Commons, and
    • Original content created by the student themselves.
  • Does the entry include acknowledgements for other people or groups who helped with the project or entry?

How to enter

  1. Email from your student email account and provide your full name and student ID number
  2. The Research Development Program team will enrol you into the 2018 Visualise Your Thesis learning space on VU Collaborate
  3. You must upload your ePoster via the online drop box by the submission due date

Contact us

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