The University Postgraduate Centre hosted its 6th Annual Postgraduate Symposium in the AUT City Campus Conference Centre on 28 August 2012.
Professor Richard Bedford, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) opened the symposium, inviting participants to engage in the scope and quality of postgraduate research presentations.
Keynote speaker: Professor Welby Ings (award-winning designer, film maker and playwright)
Professor Welby Ings' stimulating presentation focused on ‘The back of beyond: Research and thought in postgraduate education’.
View a video of Professor Welby Ings’ keynote presentation here
Postgraduate research students from various faculties then presented their research while onlookers admired poster presentations outside the conference room.
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3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition 2012
11 AUT doctoral and Master of Philosophy students (representing engineering, sport and recreation, business and law, communication, computing and information sciences, and public policy) delivered a 3 minute talk on their research, using only 1 PowerPoint slide.
Winner: Jesse Pirini, PhD, School of Communication Studies, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies
Jesse won the competition with his presentation titled ‘Health, lifestyle and will power’.
- A $1,500 research award
- A Lenovo X220 notebook
- The audience favourite award of $300 AUT Printsprint vouchers
- Travel and accommodation to represent AUT at the 2012 trans-Tasman competition hosted by University of Queensland, Brisbane on Thursday 11 October 2012
2nd prize: Samuel Ekundayo, PhD, Faculty of Business and Law
Samuel received a $500 AUT Printsprint voucher for his presentation titled 'The contributions of ICT to teaching and learning in the overcrowded classrooms of universities in developing countries'.
3rd prize: Kudakwashe Tuwe, Master of Philosophy, Institute of Public Policy, Faculty of Culture and Society.
Kudakwashe received a 1-year AUT Sport and Fitness Centre dual membership (valued at $365) for the presentation 'African Health Promotion Challenges in New Zealand'.
View the video clips for each 3MT Presenter
Thank you to the sponsors
- AUT Enterprises Ltd
- AUT Printsprint
- AUT Fitness Centre
- Cyclone Computers
- AUT University Shop
Postgraduate research students’ presentations (alphabetical order)
- Aaron Evans, Master of Applied Science: The squid genus Teuthowenia in New Zealand waters: Systematics, ecology and big, googly eyes
- Chen Shen, Bachelor of Health Science (Honours): A qualitative exploration of Chinese immigrants’ lived experience of their sense of identity before, during and after immigration to New Zealand
- Don Amila Samarasinghe, PhD: Supplier selection in the construction material purchasing function
- Elisa Duder, PhD: Te Ao Kōhatu ki te Ao Rokiroki: Māori language learning in the 21st century
- Erica D’Souza, Master of Communication Studies: The reception of political documentary film among young Mumbaikars in India
- Heather Braid, Master of Applied Science: Systematic review of whip-lash squid (Cephalopoda: Mastigoteuthidae) found in New Zealand waters
- Imko Meyenburg, Master of Business: The role of human communication and social processes in the generation of consumption preferences
- Kelvin Wang, Master of Applied Science: Identification of novel compounds in Undaria Pinnatifida with anti-cancer potentials
- Kudakwashe Tuwe, Master of Philosophy: The challenges of health promotion within the African communities in New Zealand
- Nathan Bromberg, Master of Business: Digital activism: Divergent ideas in spontaneous social movements
- Nelly Kalizinje, Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychology: An investigation into the lived experience of New Zealand birth and adoptive mothers in open adoption.
- Peyman Sabouri, PhD: A real-time edge detection using FPGA (field-programmable gate array) technology
- Priyanka Raina, PhD: The status of retentions in the New Zealand construction industry
- Ratanachote Thienmongkol, PhD: Using information design and human-centred approaches to create navigation systems for new urban transport systems in Khon Kaen city, Thailand
- Ross Milne, PhD: Making the implicit explicit; the importance of understanding the underlying assumptions of your philosophical positioning
- Shelaine Zambas, Doctor of Health Science: Dewey’s pragmatism offers a way of exploring ‘consequences’
- Simon McLellan, Master of Philosophy: Examining pedagogical practice as ‘initiation into something worthwhile
- Thanh Long Nguyen, PhD: An ethnography of inter culturality in EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teaching in Vietnamese universities: What do teachers say about their culture teaching practices?
- Thanuja Ramachandra, PhD: Securing payment in the New Zealand construction industry
- Thi Hang Ngyuen, PhD: A study of EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers’ code-switching in classroom instruction in Vietnamese universities