Eleven SCMB research higher degree students competed in the SCMB round of the 2009 UQ Three Minute Thesis Competition, with one student going on to win second place in the Faculty of Science round.

The competition aims to help students explain their studies in a succinct and compelling way so an average audience without technical skills can understand.

SCMB students presented to peers and staff judges, with the top three entrants (pictured with SCMB Director of RHD Studies, Assoc Prof Melissa Brown) receiving bookshop vouchers and a place in the Science Faculty round.

Competing against 13 other Science students, Ms Siew Ping Han was awarded second place for her presentation entitled 'Don't underestimate the little guy'.  Siew's thesis project title is 'The roles of hnRNP A2 isoforms in trafficking of mRNA', supervised by Prof Ross Smith and Assoc Prof Joe Rothnagel.

Pictured: (rear L to R) Assoc Prof Melissa Brown, Mr Ken Yong, and (front L to R) Ms Ruth Mirams, Ms Siew Ping Han.


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