The 2020 International Visualise Your Thesis Competition helps graduate researchers to develop essential digital communication skills to effectively convey their complex research to a general audience. It takes the amazing research of the world’s brightest and best graduate researchers and catapults it into the digital age.

The competition challenges graduate researchers to present their research in a 60 second, eye-catching digital display. Using a pre-supplied template, entrants are tasked with developing a striking looped presentation to encapsulate their research projects in short, engaging, digital narratives.

The University of Melbourne Visualise Your Thesis competition will open on 1 July 2020. It is open to actively enrolled graduate research students at any stage of their candidature. Sign up to receive notifications for registrations, events and workshops from the VYT team as they are scheduled.

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Competition Details

  • Key dates
    • Competition opens: 1 July 2020
    • Registration closes: 5 August 2020 at 12pm (noon)
    • Entry submissions closes: 12 August 2020 at 5pm
    • Awards Event: 26 August 2020
  • Eligibility

    The Visualise Your Thesis competition is for currently-enrolled graduate researchers at the University of Melbourne*. Graduate researchers are enrolled in:

    • M.Phil.,
    • Masters by Research,
    • Ph.D. or
    • Professional Doctorate programmes

    Students can be at any stage of their candidature, but must be active and attending (not on leave of absence).

    Not eligible to enter the competition are: Honours students; Masters by coursework students (even if their program has a research/thesis component); or Graduate researchers on a leave of absence.

    Graduate researchers affiliated with multiple institutions may only enter one local competition per year.

    Entries should be unique and original. The resubmission of previous entries is only permitted where substantial revision has occurred.

    * If you are from another university, check the International Visualise Your Thesis site to see if your institution is registered to run a local competition.

  • Prizes and awards

    University of Melbourne Visualise Your Thesis Competition (heat)

    • 1st prize: AUD$1,000 gift card
    • 2nd prize: AUD$500 gift card
    • 3rd prize: AUD$250 gift card
    • Viewers' Choice prize: AUD$100 gift card (Sponsored by University House)

    International Visualise Your Thesis Competition (online final)

    • 1st prize: AUD$5,000 VISA card
    • 2nd prize: AUD$2,000 VISA card
    • 3rd prize: AUD$1,000 VISA card
  • Judging criteria

    Competition submissions are judged on their visual impact, and how well the content presents the research. The digital format allows for different levels of creativity, multi-media, interactivity and interpretation and is suitable for all disciplines.

    Entries will be judged against the following criteria:

    Impact (score: __ / 20)

    • 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?

    Sound (note that sound is optional; the following criteria may not apply to every entry)

    • Was the sound/music in keeping with the mood/style of the presentation?
    • Did the music/sound contribute to the impact of the presentation?
    • Did any transitions/visual effects align with the beat/soundtrack?
    • Was the music/sound edited to fit the 60 second loop, rather than just finishing abruptly?

    Content (score: __ / 20)

    • 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 (score: __ / 20)

    • Does the entry include complete and correct references for any resources used to create the entry? Including: citation of any images, audio, video, tools and data.
    • Does the entry include a valid ORCID on the title slide?
    • Copyright – material included in the entry complies with the copyright rules of the competition, and the entry contains only material that falls into the following categories:
      • In the Public Domain;
      • Licensed under Creative Commons;
      • Content used with permission, or under an appropriate licence;
      • Original content created by the student themselves.
    • Does the entry include acknowledgements for other people or groups who helped with the project or entry?

Congratulations to all of our 2019 competition winners!

  • 2019 1st Place & Viewers’ Choice
    Carmen Glanville (PhD student) 
    Protecting Pets by Changing People Animal Welfare Science Centre, Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences. (Note: 2019 Ist Place prize funded by SSAF & 2019 Viewers' Choice prize sponsored by University House)
  • 2019 2nd Place
    Crystal Nguyen (PhD student)
    Restoring vision with regenerative therapy Centre for Eye Research Australia, Department of Surgery (Ophthalmology), Melbourne Medical School. Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences.
  • 2019 3rd Place
    Sharman P. Tan Tanny (PhD student)
    For some, reality is hard to swallow
    Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences

Our 2019 1st placed winner, Carmen Glanville (PhD student) with her presentation 'Protecting Pets by Changing People' represented the University of Melbourne in the online 2019 International Visualise Your Thesis Competition and came third! Congratulations, Carmen.

University of Melbourne Visualise Your Thesis 2019 Showcase

University of Melbourne Visualise Your Thesis 2017 Showcase

University of Melbourne Visualise Your Thesis 2016 Showcase

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