Graduate Research School

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Prisons seem an unlikely source of outstanding university students, but it is. What’s more, those who have done such study are much less likely to re-offend when they get out.


UNSW PhD candidate Alice Russo has won the 3-Minute Thesis competition based on her research into ancient viruses.

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A finger-prick blood test for cancer, biomaterials to replace bone, koala vaccines and a mutant obesity-proof mouse are among bold new PhD ideas battling it out in this year's Three-Minute Thesis competition.

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UNSW’s 3 Minute Thesis champion, Sharon Savage, will compete on the world stage against 26 fellow PhD candidates in the Universitas 21 virtual grand final. 

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PhD student Sharon Savage, who has proven that it is possible to improve the vocabulary of people with dementia in a short time-frame, is the winner of UNSW’s 3 Minute Thesis competition. 


Some of UNSW’s brightest PhD students faced a research battle of a different kind as they competed in the annual Three Minute Thesis competition.