Videos of Candidates and Awardees
Members of the public, colleagues and students are cordially invited to vote for the most engaging presenter for the Online People’s Choice Award via YouTube until 1500hrs, June 24, 2013. You can vote for any one of the finalists below. The finalist with the most ‘LIKE’ votes on YouTube will be awarded a book voucher of HK$800.
Candidate No. 7
Candidate No. 9
Candidate No. 10
Candidate No. 13
Candidate No. 35
Candidate No. 44
News in Brief
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition 2013 of HKU was successfully held on June 11, 2013. This year 40 research postgraduate (RPg) students participated in the competition, and 10 finalists were shortlisted to compete for 3 prizes decided by the adjudicating panel and the People’s Choice Award decided by audience ballot. The Online People’s Choice Award was awarded to the finalist who received the most ‘LIKE’ votes on YouTube after the competition.
The 3MT was developed by The University of Queensland, Australia in 2008. It is an academic competition that challenges RPg students to explain their research within 3 minutes to a general audience. 3MT celebrates the discoveries made by RPg students and encourages them to develop the skills to communicate the importance of their research to the broader community.
Professor Paul Y S Cheung, Associate Vice-President of HKU, officiated at the final competition. Mr Man Cheuk Fei, HKU Council Member, and Ms Linda Yeung, Education Editor of the South China Morning Post (SCMP), served on the adjudicating panel as external members. Internal members of the adjudicating panel included Professor John Bacon-Shone, Associate Director of the Knowledge Exchange Office (KEO), who served as the Chairman of the panel, Dr Danny Chan, Associate Professor of the Department of Biochemistry, Professor Ying Chan, Director of Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC), Professor Nirmala Rao, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and Professor Ben Young, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School. Professor Becky Loo, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, helped adjudicate at one of the parallel heats.
Congratulations to all the winners of the HKU 3MT Competition 2013. They are:
Champion (awarded research travel support or book prize of HK$7,000)
Name: Ms Sai Kwan Cassini CHU
Degree Registered: PhD
Faculty: Social Sciences
Title of Presentation: Compensated Dating
Primary Supervisor: Professor Karen Joe Laidler
1st Runner-up (awarded research travel support or book prize of HK$5,000); and
People’s Choice Award Winner (awarded research travel support or book prize of HK$3,000)
Name:Ms Yin Hang Phoebe TANG
Degree Registered: MPhil
Title of Presentation: Selling Skylab: Dreams and Challenges
Primary Supervisor: Professor Charles Schencking
2nd Runner-up (awarded research travel support or book prize of HK$3,000)
Name: Mr King Yan HO
Degree Registered: PhD
Title of Presentation: Ecological and Human Health Risks Associated with Organotin Contamination in the Marine Environment of Hong Kong
Primary Supervisor: Professor Kenneth M Y Leung
Online People’s Choice Award Winner (awarded book voucher of HK$800)
Name: Ms Sarah Sze Wah WONG
Degree Registered: PhD
Title of Presentation: Discovery of a “Magic Bullet” for a Deadly Fungus
Primary Supervisor: Professor L P Samaranayake
Cassini will represent HKU at the Trans-Tasman 3MT Competition hosted by The University of Western Sydney (UWS) in Parramatta, Sydney on October 18, 2013.
“Through participation in the 3MT, I hope that our young researchers are equipped for the challenge to promulgate their research discoveries concisely and precisely, and make a real impact on the world,” Professor Paul Cheung says.
The HKU 3MT Competition was jointly organized by the Graduate School and KEO. The support of JMSC in event production is deeply appreciated.
Awardees and finalists of the 3MT Competition with the officiating guest, members of the adjudicating panel and supervisors of the awardees and finalists.
(From left, back row) Professor Charles Schencking (supervisor of the 1st runner-up Ms Phoebe Yin Hang Tang), Professor Ben Young (Assistant Dean of the Graduate School), Professor Paul Cheung (Associate Vice-President), Professor Nirmala Rao (Associate Dean of the Graduate School), Mr Man Cheuk Fei (HKU Council Member), Dr Danny Chan (Associate Professor of the Department of Biochemistry), Professor John Bacon-Shone (Associate Director of KEO), Dr Jan van Aalst (supervisor of the finalist Ms Ella Lai Fan Fu)
(From left, front row) Ms Kwan Lam Wong (finalist), Ms Sarah Sze Wah Wong (finalist), Professor Ying Chan (Director of JMSC), Ms Yuner Huang (finalist), Ms Cassini Sai Kwan Chu (Champion), Ms Phoebe Yin Hang Tang (1st Runner-up and the recipient of the People’s Choice Award), Mr King Yan Ho (2nd Runner-up), Ms Linda Yeung (Education Editor of SCMP), Mr Ian Tsz Yat Chong (finalist), Ms Charmaine Kai Wing Fung (finalist), Ms Ella Lai Fan Fu (finalist), Mr Oscar Wai Ho Yeung (finalist)
2013 Trans-Tasman 3MT Competition
The 2013 Trans-Tasman 3MT Competition was held on Friday, October 18, 2013at The University of Western Sydney (UWS), Parramatta. Over 40 universities representing more than 50,000 PhD and Masters students in Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Hong Kong competed in this competition.
The HKU 3MT 2013 Champion, Ms Cassini Chu, PhD candidate in the Faculty of Social Sciences, represented HKU in the 2013 Trans-Tasman 3MT Competition.