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TWO USM PhD STUDENTS SHINE AT MALAYSIA 3MT COMPETITION

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SELANGOR, 14 June 2024 - Two PhD students from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) won awards at the Malaysia Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition held recently at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

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The competition was organised by the Council of Malaysian Postgraduate Deans in response to the widespread interest and enthusiasm among Malaysian universities and students.

Hamidah Mohd Zain, a student from the Advanced Medical and Dentistry Institute (AMDI) USM clinched First Place in the Science, Engineering, and Technology category with her presentation "Nano-Propolis From Kelulut: Extinguishing the Flame of Inflammation”.

This victory qualifies Hamidah to represent Malaysia at the Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition at the University of Queensland, Australia, in October 2024.

On the same stage, Arathai Din Eak from the USM School of Distance Education secured Third Place in the Social Science category with her presentation titled "Screencast Video Feedback: A Revolution in Open and Distance Learning."

Among other contestants from USM who competed in the same competition were Alexander Tan Wai Teng from the USM School of Mechanical Engineering and Vanesri A/P Kasi from the USM School of Educational Studies.

These students were carefully selected from the USM 3MT competition held on 7th November 2023, and who had undergone rigorous coaching by the Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS) USM.

The competition was first introduced by the University of Queensland, whereas 3MT was organised by the Council of Malaysian Postgraduate Deans in response to the widespread interest and enthusiasm among Malaysian universities and students.

The inaugural Malaysia 3MT competition was held in 2015, with the aim to cultivate research presentation and communication skills among postgraduate students. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) co-organised the first competition, which featured participants from over 20 Malaysian public and private universities.

This year, the tradition continues with UKM as the main organiser and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) as the co-organiser.

The competition was held on 13 June 2024 at UKM, with participants comprising of 66 contestants from 22 universities across Malaysia, competing in two categories namely Science, Engineering, and Technology; and Social Sciences.

Text: Nur Farrah Ezlin Mohd Suhaimi

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