Winners of the Visualise Your Thesis competition for 2023

Congratulations to the winners of the UQ Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) competition for 2023 sponsored by the UQ Union Association of Postgraduate Students (UQUAPS).

Tara Crandon was the 2023 winner and Honja Ramanandraibe was voted the Viewers' Choice winner. 

About the winners

The entries were judged by:

  • Professor Kris Ryan, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) 
  • Professor Pierre Benckendorff, UQ Graduate School Dean (Acting) 
  • Dr James Lewandowski Cox, UQ Copyright Officer, UQ Library 
  • Mr Jeff Cruz, Director, Library Student Experience, UQ Library 
  • Mr Krishna Dermawan, UQ Union Association of Postgraduate Students.

The awards were announced in Central Library on Monday 21 August 2023.

Awards presentation in Central Library.
People from left to right:
Professor Benckendorff, Tara Crandon, Honja Ramanandraibe and Professor Ryan.

2023 winner

Tara Crandon is a PhD student in the School of Public Health (Faculty of Medicine). 

Tara's entry was titled “Weathering the Storm”: Understanding Climate Anxiety and Coping in Young People. The judges said:

  • Very important work that seeks to ensure we can proactively discuss climate change, overcoming our fears. I loved the video, highly engaging and important.
  • Great use of graphics, good consistency, use of text and vocals to reinforce messages. Significance also nicely explained. 
  • The video clearly articulated the research on climate change anxiety in young people. It was easy to follow, the visuals / animations provided as much information as the narration / subtitles, and the fact that the research will lead to developing strategies for young people to cope and bloom makes the significance real.

As the 2023 winner, Tara won $1000 in prize money provided by the UQUAPS as well as a small prize from Science Direct and Figshare (international competition sponsors).

Viewers' Choice winner

Honja Ramanandraibe is a PhD student in the School of Chemical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology).

Honja's entry was titled Improving low-permeability coals gas recovery by multi-stage indirect hydraulic fracturing deployment.

Honja's entry earned 104 of the 503 votes received during the voting period (14 to 21 August 2023).

As the Viewers' Choice winner, Honja won $500 in prize money provided by the UQUAPS.

Stay tuned for the international competition

Tara's entry will be entered into the International Visualise Your Thesis competition.

The winners will be announced at the eResearch Australasia 2023 Conference on Wednesday 18 October.

About Visualise Your Thesis

Visualise Your Thesis, developed by the University of Melbourne, offers Higher Degree by Research students the chance to showcase their research and develop communication skills to communicate research to a general audience. 

Visit the Visualise Your Thesis site for more information.

Thank you to our 2023 sponsor

Thank you to UQUAPS for their generous support of the UQ Visualise Your Thesis competition in 2023! 

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Last updated:
29 August 2023