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21 March 2024

King's Three Minute Thesis Winners 2024

We are delighted to introduce the winners of our King's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition 2024.

3MT Winners 2024
L-R, Beth Gallimore, Obianuju Nzelu, Syed Alhafiz bin Syed Hashim

The 3MT Grand Final took place yesterday, Wednesday 20 March, and saw our nine finalists take to the stage to explain their thesis in just three minutes using only a single presentation slide.

The presentations covered a wide range of research undertaken by doctoral students at King’s. Including; tackling mental health challenges, finding breast cancer cells, explainable AI, reducing blood clots, navigating cannabis use disorder, improving healthcare, space exploration, violence against LGBTQ+ communities in Russia and future pandemics.

3MT Winner:

Beth Gallimore (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience) was selected by our judging panel as the overall winner of the competition for her powerful presentation on improving the mental health of young people in Barbados.

Beth’s research tackles the stigma of those suffering with mental health challenges by giving young people a voice and a safe space to share their lived experiences and seek help.

Beth will receive £500 in prize money and will continue to the national 3MT Competition, organised by Vitae.

3MT Runner Up:

Obianuju Nzelu (Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine) was selected to receive the runners up prize of £250 for an engaging presentation on her vital study into the links between uterine fibroids, a condition that affects two out of three women, and an increased risk of getting a blood clot.

3MT People’s Choice Award:

The People’s Choice Award of £500 went to Syed Alhafiz bin Syed Hashim (Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine) as he captured the attention of the audience with his storytelling to explain his research into how our immune response can help find hidden breast cancer cells.

You can re-watch the 3MT Grand Final on YouTube and see all of our finalists in action as they explain their research, why it is important and the impact it will have in the future.

The competition is organised by the King’s Centre for Doctoral Studies who provide training and support to our doctoral research students to develop their public engagement and presentation skills throughout the 3MT process. Congratulations to all our finalists.

3MT Finalists 2024:

  • Andi Fajrin Permana - Virtual Journal Clubs for Improving Evidence-based Healthcare
  • Beth Gallimore - Voices of Barbados: Lived Experiences of Mental Health Stigma and Help-Seeking among Young People
  • Israel Shitta - Explainable AI
  • Marissa Martin - Exploring Middle Powers in Outer Space
  • Misha Bazarov - High Hopes: Navigating the Cloud of Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD) with Mobile Health Apps
  • Obianuju Nzelu - Do uterine fibroids increase the risk of blood clots?
  • Olivia Paulin - Are we ready for the next pandemic?
  • Sergei Katsuba - Decade of Violence: How Authoritarian Regime in Russia Instigates Hate Crimes through Discrimination
  • Syed Alhafiz bin Syed Hashim - Cracking the Code of Breast Cancer: Empowering Our Immune Response to Reveal the Hidden Hideouts