Flower power wins Three Minute Thesis


Ruby Stephens was crowned Macquarie’s Three-Minute Thesis winner on Friday 9 September, for her presentation How was the ancestor of all flowers pollinated?

The student from the School of Natural Sciences, said the competition was a great way to crystallise the ideas behind her thesis.

“And to explain it in a way that doesn’t make people fall asleep, hopefully.”

The competition’s prestigious judging panel consisted of Professors Sakkie Pretorius (DVC Research), Professor Jen Cornish (Academic Director, Graduate Research) and Dan Johnson (PVC Research Innovation). Dr Juliet Lum, Graduate Research Development, announced the 2022 winners.

Congratulations to the winners:


Ruby Stephens

School of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering

How was the ancestor of all flowers pollinated?


Callum McDiarmid

School of Natural Sciences, FSE

The energetic collaboration that powers you


Connie Henson

Department of Health Sciences, FMHHS

Closing the Gap: How older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women use technology to improve health


Melody Labrune

MQ Medical School, FMHHS

A 3D computed shoulder model

Stephens will proceed to the Asia-Pacific 3MT Semi-Finals on 26 September. You can support her by voting in the People’s Choice ballot via a poll on the 3MT website.  The winner of the People’s Choice will also progress to the Asia-Pacific 3MT Final on 19 October as the wildcard entrant alongside the eight competitors chosen by the judging panels.






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