Visualise Your Thesis Competition

Winner Announced!

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 in the Online National Showcase for Visualise Your Thesis.

The Challenge

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. And digital channels open up myriad opportunities.

Visualise Your Thesis is an exciting new competition that 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 presentation to encapsulate their research projects in short, engaging, digital narratives. 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.

Candidates who are in earlier stages of research (have not reached confirmation/ before writing up) are welcome to enter the competition. The winner of the JCU Visualise Your Thesis competition 2018 will go on to compete in the National online showcase hosted by The University of Melbourne in October 2018.

The Visualise Your Thesis Competition at JCU falls under the banner of "Visualise Your Research" the main difference being that only entries that have used the Visualise Your Thesis template created by the University of Melbourne, can be entered in the Visualise Your Thesis National Showcase.

All entries for Visualise Your Thesis will be eligible for Prize Money under the JCU Visualise Your Research Competition which is as follows:

  • HDR Winner - $1,000
  • HDR People's Choice - $500
  • Open Category - $1,000
  • Open Category People's Choice - $500

Key Dates

28 May: Visualise Your Thesis Competition launched at JCU, template available here.

30 July: Visual Your Thesis submission due by 5pm to

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

30 August: JCU Visualise Your Thesis winner shared with the University of Melbourne for entry into National Showcase

13 September: Top JCU Visualise Your Thesis entries showcased at JCU 3MT and Visualise Your Research Event.

30 October: Visualise Your Thesis National Showcase 2018


JCU Visualise Your Thesis Powerpoint Template

Technical Instructions for Competitiors.

Effective Powerpoint Presentations

3MT Coaching (training on consolidating and communicating research)


Submission Checklist

Competition Terms

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Happy Creating and Good Luck!