The Postgraduate Research Showcase is an event organised by UNSW Science that recognises the outstanding research of postgraduate students. It's an annual showcase of student research, which gives our students the opportunity to present their work and win a number of prizes. Competition winners represent UNSW Science in the Three Minute Thesis Competition hosted by UNSW Graduate Research. The Three Minute Thesis Competition allows students to present their thesis topic and its significance, encouraging the consolidation of ideas and research discoveries.

Eligibility Criteria

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 eight or more semesters (PhD candidates) or four or more semesters (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 (in person) a 1-minute oral presentation outlining the key points of the research. Live stream or video submissions are not accepted.
  • submit a 250-word (maximum) abstract 
  • submit a static PowerPoint slide to be screened behind you during your 1-minute presentation. It is not a PowerPoint version of competition poster (for those also participating in poster competition). Animations are not permitted.

Entrants may also enter a Poster Competition by providing a scientific research poster, A0 size, portrait orientation.

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


Judging of the one-minute presentation and posters 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.


  • Three best overall 1MT presentations - $1,500 each
  • Best entrant from each school (if not the overall winner) - $500 each
  • People’s Choice Award - $500
  • Three best overall Posters - $500 each