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Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University doctoral researcher Mia Strand claimed the second runner-up position in the national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, hosted in South Africa by the University of the Free State. She also took the runner-up position at the institutional level at Mandela University, where eight students were selected to compete.  


The competition requires participants to condense their entire PhD thesis into a three-minute presentation in a language understandable to a non-expert audience.

The competition cultivates students' academic, presentation, and research communication skills.

The institutional event was organised by the Research and Development Office with Shawn Tini, and Drs Priscilla Mensah and Nehemia Latolla, forming part of the team.

The Mandela University local winner Sandiso Ngwenya (top right) presented her research in chemistry on the innovative use of flow chemistry as a solution to produce active pharmaceutical agents in Africa.

Mia, who is studying development studies, shed light on the often-overlooked communities in the field of ocean governance and used participatory methods, and particularly photo voice. Both presentations were characterised by their exceptional quality, leaving the judges with an incredibly challenging decision, said Dr Lotolla, said.  

Mia also won R11 000.

Contact information
Ms Elma de Koker
Internal Communication Practitioner
Tel: 041-504 2160