There was a packed lecture theatre at our Callaghan campus this afternoon for the Newcastle final of the Three Minute Thesis.

Eighteen research higher degree students from all faculties competed for the top spot, explaining their research in three minutes to a non-specialist audience.

Food Science PhD student Vincent Candrawinata won the final,  sharing his research on the extraction and utilisation of the polyphenolics from apple juice pomace.  He will represent Newcastle at the national Trans/Tasman final at the University of Queensland on October 11.

Chemical Engineering student Vaibhav Gaikwa was second, speaking on his research exploring the treatment of industrial effluent to manufacture polymers. Human physiology student Daniel Beard took out third place with his presentation on a potential new treatment for stroke.

The judges were former University of Newcastle Chancellor Professor Trevor Waring, NSW MP for Charlestown Andrew Cornwell and Lisa Sutton-Gardner, the Managing Director of Enigma.

Originally introduced in 2008 by the University of Queensland, the Three Minute Thesis competition went national in 2010, with 33 universities competing.

We tweeted live on twitter @uni_newcastle with the hashtag #3MT