Visualise Your Thesis Competition

What is Visualise Your Thesis, and why should I enter?

What is the 2nd biggest search engine in the world? Youtube. Why? We love visualisations!

And that applies to research. Having strong visuals that encapsulate and elucidate your research vastly increases the probability of your research being picked up by the media, the public and your target research audience.

Visualise Your Thesis is an exciting new competition that challenges graduate researchers at any stage of their candidature to present their projects in a 60-second, eye-catching, audio-visual digital display. Using a pre-supplied template, you are tasked with developing a striking e-poster presentation that succinctly describes your research, and its potential benefits, to a non-specialist audience.  Visualisations may include:

  • Films
  • Photographs
  • Multimedia
  • Infographics
  • Sketches
  • Collages

Who can enter?

The Visualise Your Thesis competition is open to currently-enrolled graduate researchers (i.e. students enrolled in M.Phil., Masters by Research, Ph.D. or Professional Doctorate programmes) at any stage of their candidature who are active and attending

2018 JCU Winner

Congratulations to Tessa Hill from the Coral Centre for her Visualise Your Thesis presentation entitled “The impact of ocean acidification on ecological processes that structure coral communities.” Tessa was JCU’s overall winner and her presentation can be found with other winning entries in the Online National Showcase for Visualise Your Thesis.


The 2019 JCU Winner of the Visualise Your Thesis will win $500 and be entered into the 2019 International Competition which has the following prize pool:

  • First prize: $5,000 AUD
  • Second prize: $2,000 AUD
  • Third prize: $1,000 AUD
  • Viewer’s Choice: TBA

Key Dates 2019

3 June: Visualise Your Thesis Competition launched at JCU.

15 August: Visual Your Thesis submission due by 5pm to

15-30 August: Visualise Your Thesis applications will be judged with all applicants updated.

30 August: JCU Visualise Your Thesis winner entered into the Visualise Your Thesis International Competition.

5 September: Winning entry exhibited at JCU 3MT Event.

You will need...

JCU Visualise Your Thesis Handbook

JCU Visualise Your Thesis PowerPoint Template

Other Resources

Effective Powerpoint Presentations

3MT Coaching (writing succinctly for a non-specialist audience)

Visualise Your Thesis copyright videos

2018 International Visualise Your Thesis Showcase

Anitra Nottingham’s Visualising Your Thesis workshop slides

CC Search – “Find content you can share, use and remix”

Microsoft PowerPoint training resources


For more information please contact

Happy Creating and Good Luck!