Jet wins two research impact competitions

Posted on 23 June 2017

Psychology PhD student Jet Sanders has won first prizes in both this year’s University of York Three Minute Thesis (3MT) and Falling Walls competitions.

Jet Sanders winning the Falling Walls competition

For the 3MT competition, Jet had to communicate the impact of her research to an audience made up of school pupils, teachers, university staff, members of the general public and industry.

She presented her work on day-of-the-week effects on decision making - which can affect elections for example ( 

Jet said: "I was really pleased to receive this award. There were so many amazing candidates that it was truly an honour. I would recommend taking part to anyone. I have become a much better speaker, which I could not have done without the excellent support from within the department and wider university."

For the Falling Walls competition, her talk was entitled: "Breaking the wall of risky decisions". Inspired by the symbolism of the fall of the Berlin Walls, the Falling Walls Labs challenge up-and-coming researchers to articulate how their work contributes to the fall of intellectual, societal and scientific walls in just three minutes. As the overall winner, Jet will now have the opportunity to give her talk at the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin

Head of Department Quentin Summerfield said: "We're absolutely delighted with Jet's two victories. She has been a terrific ambassador for the department and for the discipline of psychology. Her success helps to highlight the importance we place on communicating our research to the widest possible audience and we wish her all the best as she travels to Berlin to explain her research on an international stage."

The 3MT event was attended by over 200 people including students from five local schools. 

The first, second and third placed students received a prize and, as the first place winner of the York 3MT® 2017 final, Jet will be given the opportunity to enter the UK 3MT® 2017 semi-final (online) and, if successful, go through to the UK 3MT® 2017 final (being held at the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference in September 2017).