The Postgraduate Research Showcase is an event organised by UNSW Science that recognises the outstanding research of its postgraduate research students.

It's an annual showcase of student research that allows our students to present their work and win several prizes. 

Competition winners represent UNSW Science in the UNSW Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) hosted by the UNSW Graduate Research School.

The UNSW 3MT allows students to present their thesis topic and its significance, encouraging the consolidation of ideas and research discoveries.

  • PhD candidates or Masters by Research students in a UNSW Science postgraduate research program are eligible to apply for the Postgraduate Research Showcase. All candidates must be enrolled at UNSW.

    Applicants enrolled for more than four years (PhD candidates) or more than two years (Master by Research) are ineligible.

    Applicants must have demonstrated satisfactory progress towards completion of their degree at their most recent Annual Progress Review. If you're a first-year student who has not undertaken an annual review, a confirmation email of your progress from your supervisor or School Postgraduate Coordinator will be accepted.

  • Entrants must:

    • Deliver a 1-minute oral presentation at the UNSW Science Postgraduate Research Showcase event
    • Submit a static PowerPoint slide.
    • Submit a 300-word abstract summarising the theses major aspects.


    • Entry into the Poster Competition.

    Please note that MPhil and MRes candidates are eligible to enter the faculty heats and may proceed to the Interfaculty final; however, will not be allowed to progress to the Trans-Tasman Final.

  • Judging of the one-minute presentation will be based on communication style, clarity of topic and audience engagement. Judging is conducted by high-profile science communicators and/or scientific research academics.

    • First prize $1,500 for the best three overall presentations
    • Runner-up prize $500 for the best presentation from each school (not overall winner)
    • People’s choice prize $500
    • Poster prize $500 for best three Posters in the poster competition 

Presentation rules

  • Competition Rules for the 2024 UNSW 1MT Presentation
    • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted in the presentation (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description). The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration. It's not a PowerPoint version of a research poster. 
    • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
    • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
    • Presentations are limited to 1 minute maximum and competitors exceeding 1 minute are disqualified.
    • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
    • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
    • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
    • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Event Details

Wednesday, 26 June 2024
Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building