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UTS' Annaclaire McDonald wins international competition!

Congratulations to Annaclaire McDonald, who has won the inaugural International Visualise Your Thesis competition announced on Tuesday 22 October at the eResearch Australasia conference in Brisbane. Sixteen universities from four countries competed in the first international competition.

1st prize $5,000, Annaclaire McDonald, University of Technology Sydney: Fantastic Metals & Where to Phyt Them.

The judges noted about Annaclaire's entry: “This is an instantly appealing song & video whose ideas stick in your brain long after watching it. It's charming and silly, and communicates a serious topic really effectively. The video is nicely edited to fit the music, and combines photos, text, animation, music & video into a cohesive whole”.

Graduate Research students were given the task of creating a 60 second digital presentation that explained the central ideas of their research with a general audience. Annaclaire's winning entry focused on her research on edible plant species and their potential to phytoremediate heavy metal contaminants from soils. This research project assesses risks to food safety of domestic and urban gardens whilst also informing suitable species selection and application for bioremediation of heavily contaminated sites in Australia.

UTS Library ran the Visualise Your Thesis competition for the first time in 2019 in collaboration with the Graduate School of Research. Over 20 entries were received across all faculties and entrants were supported by library staff who delivered services on basic design, copyright compliance and data visualisation. The top three UTS entries were selected and the winning entry was then submitted to the second International round of the competition through the University of Melbourne.