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2014 Graduate Research Festival Round Up

Congratulations to all the participants of the inaugural Thesis in Three (Pictures!).  This competition was an exploration of the thesis journey through images.

We had 14 participants who turned their thesis into art using tools as diverse as powerpoint and watercolours.  This competition was the brainchild of PhD candidate, Ann Cronin and all those who participated in it, thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  This event rounded off the two week Graduate Research School Graduate Festival.


Bridgette Toy-Cronin’s Thesis Journey (Self-Represented Litigants in the NZ Civil Courts)Cronin 3

Joanne Choi’s How I Feel About My Thesis (Continuous and Simultaneous measurement of Intraoral pH and Temperature)

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Susan Wardell’s Thesis Journey (Living in the Tension; a comparative study of mental health, spirituality and care labour among two communities of youth workers)

Susan Wardell 3

Man, the Otago thesis candidates are talented!

The festival started out with the OUSA Supervisor of the Year awards.  There were around 200 votes for favourite supervisors and Associate Professor Ruth Fitzgerald took out the overall prize.  You can read more about this in the Bulletin.

The next highlight of the festival was the visit from the absolutely fabulous Dr Inger (Thesis Whisperer) Mewburn.  Inger works at ANU and if she does not know something about doctoral education, then it’s not worth knowing.

Inger ran workshops on tragic research mistakes, examinations, and building an online profile.  After working her hard I asked her the even harder questions in a tell-all interview.  Look out for a future post where we will find out if Inger would rather fight a horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses amongst other things.

We held a networking event where we played networking bingo.  Finding who has a Lego village in their office was particularly vexing for the participants (it was me, it was me!).

GRS put on some extra workshops and the new support group for staff writing a thesis, Occupatus, met for the first time.  It was great to meet some folk who are in the same boat I am – juggling work at the University, family, and a thesis can be an exciting ask, to say the least.  Note to self though, staff-students don’t eat nearly as much as student-students!

It is always lovely to celebrate the wonderful work that graduate research candidates are doing and this year was no exception.  It’s important to venture out beyond our own offices and labs and to meet with other thesis candidates, to share war-stories and forge new alliances.

All I ask for when we run the next festival is that my teeth don’t go feral again and my whole fortnight isn’t dominated by mouthageddon!

Claire Gallop, Graduate Research School