Student heads to 3MT national finals

Third year Doctoral student Kasia Smug will soon be on her way to the national finals of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) in Birmingham.

The annual 3MT competition challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes and using a single slide. Kasia, who is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, drew on her research into using terpenes from essential oils of plants to create new and sustainable materials. Her talk “Oranges versus crude oil: Can we reduce the use of crude oil by using plants?” proved both enlightening and fascinating.

Kasia explained that she had been motivated to enter the competition after having seen colleagues from CSCT taking part in the Bath heats in previous years and thinking that it seemed a fun thing to do. She said “Taking part in 3MT has been a great way of reminding myself about the importance of my work and how it fits into the bigger picture. The discipline of compressing my work down to such a small amount of time has also really made me think about how to effectively communicate my work”.

Kasia is the first Bath student to reach the national finals of 3MT and will be presenting live alongside five other finalists to an audience of 350 at the gala dinner of Vitae Researcher Development International Conference on 11th September.

Good luck Kasia!

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