3-Minute Thesis challenge

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Some of the ELRC students in action!
Some of the ELRC students in action!

Rhodes University Post Graduate students and Postdoctoral fellows were recently invited to make a 3-minute thesis video sharing their research with the general public! With brilliant researchers, fascinating thesis titles and prizes up for grabs, the ELRC team wasted no time and submitted a few of our own.  See below the results of the submissions and links to the videos.  

The Centre for Postgraduate Studies congratulates each and every person who entered the 3MT competition.

More than 100 videos, more than 1000 votes, some really tough decisions…

You can find the full list of winners and the fabulous prizes they have won here...


  • Deans and DVC Top 3

1st Prize - Laptop

Lethukuthula Ncube - The Corporate Lie Detector Test

2nd Prize - R1000 Pick 'n Pay Voucher

Chiamaka Onyekwuluje - Alzheimer's disease - The Memory Thief!

3rd Prize - R1000 Pick 'n Pay Voucher

Chantel Elston -Where do rays roam?


  • Postgrad Liaison Committee selections

1st Prize - R1000 PnP Voucher

Tarryn Lovemore - Fractions - Music to our ears

2nd Prize - R500 PnP Voucher

Choonzo Chiyumba - Light stimulated dyes for cancer treatment

3rd Prize- R500 PnP Voucher

Blessing Mabate - Breaking the barriers to disease

4th Prize - R500 PnP Voucher

Takudzwa Comfort Madzivandzira - Alien Species in Africa: A story of freshwater crayfish invasions


  • Honorable Mentions (R300 PnP Voucher each)

Wiya Leon Masudi - Development of a bio-fertiliser using bacteria from high rate algal oxidation pond

Robson Mukwambo - Irrigation story told three times

Hazel Simpo - Analysing SA's public health awareness campaigns’ on prevention of HIV/AIDS by Cognitive interview

Moipone Tsaoane - Step away from the chair

Kelly Solomon - Hungry for more

With special thanks to Wezizwe Ginindza, Vusimani Khubhayi & Fezeka Thwala


  • Popular Vote

1st Prize - R1000 PnP voucher

Chishimba Kasanga - "This revolution will be televised": Social media, women and empowerment

2nd Prize - R500 PnP Voucher

Yolanda Muza - Older adults' perceptions of pharmacists as care providers-a narrative exploration

3rd Prize - R300 PnP Voucher

Phelokazi Dlepu - Teachers observations and perceptions on adolescents' sleep


  • Honorable Mentions (R100 PnP Voucher & RU Goody Bag each)

Abiodun Afolabi - Climate Change and Cultural Heritage Loss in Africa: Towards a Just Climate Response

Mahlatse Malesa - Managing Cyberloafing

Vuyelwa Moyo - A critical analysis of Professor Andrew Tracey's contribution to African music pedagogy

Bertha Baye - Natural compound inhibition of type ll NADH:(NDH2) protein in Plasmodium species that causes malaria

Landiso Magqaza - Siwel'ithukela Reconciling Post-Apartheid Maskhandi Audiences Through Radio Broadcasting

Mendhi Dasram - Cannabinoids to treat cancer

Simnikiwe Nogqala - Saving the planet with green chemistry


All the fantastic entries can be viewed here.

They all inspire.

They all contribute to knowledge.

We commend each and every one of you.