Student Success at the UK 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

Shruti Mandhani, a PhD student from the Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI) has won the UK final of the Three Minute Thesis competition at the Vitae Conference in Birmingham, and will be awarded with a £3000 grant to spend on public engagement activity.

3MT is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland, Australia. Its success has led to the establishment of local and national competitions in several countries, and challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes.

Following on from her success at the UK semi-finals, Shruti went on to present her award-winning project at the final, presenting live to around 350 people. Shruti beat out five other finalists from Universities across the UK, impressing the panel of judges with her project which explores the use of a ‘nature-inspired’ approach to designing novel auxetic materials.

Shruti is completing the second year of her PhD with Professor Andrew Alderson as her Director of Studies, and Professor Doug Cleaver (second supervisor) in MERI. She is funded by a VC scholarship and co-funded by Michelin, to develop models for auxetic behaviour in polymers.