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Postgraduate Research Week

The annual Postgraduate Research Week event is a chance for our postgraduate students to be recognised for the outstanding contributions they make to the university.

Postgraduate Research Week

The annual Postgraduate Research Week event is a chance for our postgraduate students to be recognised for the outstanding contributions they make to the university.


The first Postgraduate Research Week took place in 2019, from 5-9 August. It included showcase presentations from students, networking discussion lunches and the Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT).

There was also a networking lunch for future researchers, a lively debate between staff and students, a discussion involving research survival tips, and information on how to maintain wellbeing while working on a demanding thesis.

The showcase presentations encompassed a wide range of research topics, including how New Zealand native insects are contributing to higher nitrogen levels in exotic plants and crops, and the determinants of trade flows between Cambodia and its major trading partners.

The 3MT competition involved students presenting their research to an intelligent but non-academic audience, using only one presentation slide and keeping the talk to under three minutes.

2019 thesis topics ranged from whether yoga can improve cardiovascular health to the importance of infrastructural sustainability in vineyards, the role of goji berries in preventing Alzheimer’s disease, and how gut health can affect wellbeing.

PhD student Leonie Mollett won the 3MT grand prize for 2019. Her thesis investigated a shift in people management and leadership towards empowerment and self-organisation. She was awarded $1000 and a trophy and was flown to Brisbane to represent Lincoln University at the Asia-Pacific Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on 4 October, 2019.

Mohamad Odeh won the Master’s prize, for his presentation on the importance of harvesting rainwater. He was flown to the University of Otago to represent Lincoln University at the New Zealand Master’s 3MT on 22 August, 2019.

The runner-up title for 2019 went to PhD student Wardah Ali, whose research looked at trust and communication between managers and employees, in situations with potential cross-cultural issues.

Postgraduate Research Week is now a regular fixture on the university calendar. The 2020 event is scheduled for the week beginning 3 August.