• PhD student Farideh Jalalinajafabadi: 3MT People's Choice award winner

    Published: Wednesday, 25 March 2015

    An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present. Their time limit… 3 minutes!

    The Three Minute Thesis ®(3MT) competition challenged PhD students to present a compelling spoken presentation of their research topic and its significance in just three minutes.

    From 61 applicants, 46 presenters and 12 finalists, final year Computer Science PhD student, Farideh Jalalinajafabadi was awarded the People’s Choice prize.

    The audience chose Farideh's presentation, entitled '3MT: Computerised measurement of voice quality conforming to the GRBAS scale,' as the People's Choice and a £100 prize. Farideh (middle-right) said:

    'The competition gave me the opportunity to learn that any PhD topic can be demonstrated in three minutes for an audience who is not familiar with the research area.'

    Farideh's full thesis title is 'Objective voice quality assessment using digital signal processing and machine learning conforming to the GRBAS scale' (supervised by Dr Barry Cheetham and Dr Mikel Lujan).

    The event was judged by Prof Amanda Bamford the Associate Dean for Social Responsibility in the faculty of Life Sciences, Prof Tim O'Brien the Associate Dean Social Responsibility in the faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Dr Paul Redmond, Director of Student Life and it is fair to say that they were blown away by both the research and talent on show with Paul declaring that ‘what we saw was how effectively people can utilise the spoken word within 3 minutes…it was absolutely spellbinding.’  

    Fiona Henderson, a PhD student in the school of Pharmacy was awarded the overall winner. She impressed the judges with her talk entitled ‘A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words – Shedding Light on Cancer’ to take home the £500 first prize. Fiona will now be entered into the Vitae hosted UK online Semi Final with a chance of a place in the UK final in September. Laura Newsome from the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences took home the Runner Up prize of £100 with her talk ‘Microbial Magic and Radioactive Remedies.’ 

    Janine Watson, Chair of the University of Manchester Alumni Association, really summed up the event when she said, ‘the range of speakers was great, their content was fascinating and the things they do are incredible. I think Three Minute Thesis is a marvellous event, it really encourages students to learn and in such a supportive environment.


    You can see the finalist’s performances here: http://www.engagement.manchester.ac.uk/highlights/3_minute_thesis/index.html

    With thanks to Manchester Doctoral College, Faculty Researcher Development Teams, Business Engagement Support Team and the University of Manchester Alumni Association for their kind sponsorship.

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