On the 25th of April 2018 the Cardiff SIAM-IMA chapter held its annual three minute thesis competition within the mathematics department. The format of this competition holds the same idea as the one developed by the University of Queensland, where the speaker is to condense their research into 3 minutes or less. Any academic researcher, or PhD student alike will tell you that this is no easy feat, especially after spending considerable time on a research project and trying to convey the main messages in such a short time frame!
However, I personally feel as if our 12 participants this year did this to an excellent standard, and I can only imagine how tough it was for our expert judging panel (comprised of Nikoleta Glynatsi, Dr. Vince Knight, Dr. Mathew Pugh, Dr. Katerina Kaouri and Dr. Thomas Woolley) to reach their verdict. Nevertheless, the competition was fierce for the prizes offered at this event, which included
- An echo dot.
- A £20 amazon voucher.
- A 3 minute timer.
- A large enter button which you can hit.
- 3 ‘50 visions of mathematics’ books, provided by the IMA.
- SIAM T-Shirts and other merchandise, provided by SIAM USA.
I would like to offer thanks from all the chapter members to SIAM and the IMA for providing financial support and prizes for this event, and of course to Erica Tyson from the IMA who came to Cardiff to attend, as well as provide an excellent 3 minute presentation on the IMA.
After the judges spent some time discussing the presenters, they reached the following verdict:
First place: Mark Tuson Second Place: Geraint Palmer
Third Place: Raffaele Grande Crowd Favourite: Scott Morgan
Judging from the atmosphere on the day, as well as the feedback afterwards, the chapter feel as if the event was largely successful and we will definitely run it again in future years. As the organiser, I would like to offer my personal thanks to all the participants for their excellent presentations, the judges for their expert opinions and time on the day, and the Cardiff mathematics department for supporting the event and supplying refreshments afterwards. I would also like to offer a special thank you to Joe Bishop and Alex Safar who provided me with endless support and opinions on the event, without your help, the day would not have ran as smoothly!
Cardiff SIAM-IMA Student Chapter President