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.
- Competition opened: 30 June 2020
- Information session (online): 30 June 2020, 2:00-3:00pm
- Registration closed: 5 August 2020 at 12pm (noon)
- Entry submissions closed: 12 August 2020 at 5pm
- Awards Event: 26 August 2020
The Visualise Your Thesis competition is for currently-enrolled and attending graduate researchers at the University of Melbourne*. Graduate researchers are enrolled in:
- 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 re-submission 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 gift card
- 2nd prize: AUD$2,000 gift card
- 3rd prize: AUD$1,000 gift card
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?
- Were the timings, transitions and effects aligned to fit the 60 second timeframe?
Sound (note that sound is optional; the following criteria may not apply to every entry)
- If sound was used to convey information, was accessibility considered, e.g. by providing captions for voice-overs?
- Did the music/sound contribute to the impact of the presentation?
- Was the sound/music in keeping with the mood/style of the presentation?
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, software, 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:
- Does the entry include acknowledgements for other people or groups who helped with the project or entry?
Congratulations to all of our 2020 competition winners!
- 2020 1st Place
Rose Macaulay (PhD student)
Mindfulness and Wellbeing in Urban Nature School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, Faculty of Science.
- 2020 2nd Place
Marija Dinevska (PhD student)
Signalling-specific mechanisms regulating brain tumour cell invasion Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences.
- 2020 3rd Place
Matthew Coleman (PhD student)
Investigating the molecular basis of brain malformations in children Melbourne Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences.
- 2020 Viewers' Choice
Neha Singh (PhD student)
Meaning in democratic and mainstream schools Educational Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education. (2020 Viewers' Choice prize sponsored by University House)
Our 2020 1st placed winner, Rose Macaulay (PhD student) with her presentation 'Mindfulness and Wellbeing in Urban Nature' will now go on to represent the University of Melbourne in the International Visualise Your Thesis competition! Congratulations, Rose.