UJ Optometry PhD candidate wins the 2016 Faculty of Health Sciences 3-Minute Thesis Competition

​​​​​​​​​​​​​On Thursday 2 June 2016, Master’s and PhD students from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) competed in the faculty’s 2-Minute Master’s Dissertation (2MD) and 3-Minute PhD Thesis (3MT) Competition, presenting their stimulating research.

Faculty of the Health Sciences 3MT winner

The winner of the 2016 competition was Ms Elizabeth Chetty from the Department of Optometry with her presentation entitled ‘A multivariate analysis of short-term variation of keratometric behaviour, refractive state and pachymetry in keratoconic corneas’. She will compete in the UJ-wide 3-Minute Thesis Competition in August 2016.

The winner of this competition will be entered into that National 3MT, which will take place at the University of the Free State, and submit a video entry into the global Universitas 21 3MT Competition.

3MT Runner-Up

In second place winner of the competition was Ms Clarissa van der Loo from the Water and Health Research Centre, with her presentation entitled ‘Relevance of Amoebae and Amoeba – Resistant bacteria in borehole water’.

3MT Third Place

In Third place was Ms Sandra Ayuk from the Laser Research Centre, with her presentation entitled ‘Role of Low Intensity Laster Irradiation on Matrix Proteins and Gene Expression in various stressed Fibroblast cell models’.

Faculty of Health Sciences 2MD winner

In first place was Ms Anine Crous from the Laser Research Centre, with her presentation entitled ‘Photobiomodulatory effects of Low Intensity Laser Irradiation on isolated Lung Cancer Stem Cells’.

2MD Runner-Up

In second place was Ms Michelle Delpaul from the Department of Homeopathy, with her presentation entitled ‘The Effect of Ultra High Dilutions of Thyroxine on the Morphogenesis of Xenopus laevis Tadpoles’.

2MD Third Place

In Third place was Ms Elizabeth Nkosi from the Department of Nursing, with her presentation entitled ‘Experiences of Nurses who have been involved in Nurse Related Adverse events’.

History of 2MD and 3MT competitions

Prof Andre Swart, the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Johannesburg welcomed the guests and explained that this competition was originally developed by the University of Queensland in Australia to develop students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills.

The competition supports postgraduate students in their capacity to effectively explain their research in two or three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

More UJ Faculty competitions this year

The Faculty of Education competition will be on 10 June.

The Faculty of Management competition will be held on 2 August.

The Faculty of Law competition will be on 13 August.

The inter-faculty UJ finals will be in mid-August, which will include the 2MD two-minute Master’s Dissertation and three-minute PhD thesis (3MT) categories.

Ms Elizabeth Chetty
From Left to Right: Ms Elizabeth Chetty, 3MT winner and Prof Brandon Shaw, Vice Dean: Research and Innovation​
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