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Lillian JA Olule (UNMC) wins U21 3MTĀ® Highly Commended Award

Lillian JA Olule from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus wins Highly Commended Award for her U21 3MT® competition entry

First developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, the Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT®) challenges research students to communicate the significance of their projects to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes.

Now in its fourth year, the U21 3MT competition 2016 pitted the leading presenters from Universitas 21 (U21) member universities against one another. Each participating member held their own internal 3MT® competition to select a local winner who was then put forward for the U21 final.

The judging panel, made up of experts from around the world, came together to discuss the presentations and decide on a winner. The panel included Caroline Daley, Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Auckland; Barbara Dooley, Dean of Graduate Studies at University College Dublin; Charles Caramello, Dean in Residence at the US Council of Graduate Schools; Joaquin Guerra, Vice Chancellor of Educational Innovation and Online Programs at Tecnológico de Monterrey; and Phil Baty, editor-at-large and World University Rankings editor at the Times Higher Education.

After viewing all 20 U21 3MT® entries from around the world, Kate Riegle van West, of the University of Auckland, was crowned the winner.

Highly Commended Award

Highly commended was Lillian JA Olule from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus for her thesis ‘Capturing signals then charging batteries’. Lillian’s presentation described research on the potential to transform wireless signals into energy to power small devices. The applications for such technology are vast from powering sensors used in biomedicine or hazardous environments, to charging your mobile phone on the go.

Lillian described her experience in taking part in the competition: “The 3MT experience has been amazing! It was great to see people from all walks of life getting excited about the research I am doing. I got a lot of “Oooh… so THAT'S what you are doing!” and I am glad I participated. It has made me more comfortable discussing my research jargon free. Anyone who has the opportunity to participate in the 3MT should definitely give it a shot.

Lililan Olule photo

I would like to give a very big thank you to everyone who showed their support and gave feedback from my colleagues, supervisors, family, friends, The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus particularly the Graduate School, the University of Nottingham and last but not least God.”

Professor Claire O’Malley, Vice Provost for Research and Knowledge Exchange at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, spoke of Lillian’s achievement: “I am delighted that Lillian Olule has won the runner-up prize for the U21 3MT competition - her research project is outstanding and she is clearly a highly effective communicator of her science. It is a great testament to the high quality of postgraduate research students at the University of Nottingham and especially pleasing that a student from Nottingham’s Malaysia Campus is a prize–winner. This sends a great signal not only about the quality of our students but also the excellent research training and support by UNMC’s Graduate School.”

Lilian's winning video can be viewed here.

Posted on Thursday 1st December 2016

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