3MT (Three Minute Thesis) results 2017

Winners of the 2017 York 3MT competition with Tom Stoneham. Viswadeep Sarangi, Jet Sanders, Tom Stoneham, L Meghan Dennis and Katerina Walper Gormaz.

Group photo of the 3MT competitors

A warm congratulations to all who took part in the 2017 York 3MT competition, delivering captivating and inspiring research presentations.

Ten PhD students pitched their research against the clock, with just three minutes to communicate the impact of their research. All entries were to a really high quality, showcasing the strengths of postgraduate research at York.


Results from previous years:

  • 3MT results 2016
  • 3MT results 2015
  • 3MT results 2014
  • 3MT results 2013
  • 3MT results 2012


  • First prize: Jet Sanders (Psychology), 'Weekly cycles; cautious Thursdays’
  • Second prize: L Meghan Dennis (Archaeology), ‘Indiana Jones made me do it: Bad behaviour and worse archaeology in videogames’
  • Third prize: Katherina Walper Gormaz (Language and Linguistic Science), ‘Hands that speak’
  • School’s Choice: Viswadeep Sarangi (Electronic Engineering), ‘Robot doctor: Walking towards better diagnosis and recovery in health care’

The School's Choice award was judged by pupils from Bridlington School, Ebor Academy, George Pindar School, Graham School and St Augustine's School.

The pupils delivered their own presentations as a part of the North Yorkshire Coast Higher Education Collaboration's 'Give me Five' challenge. High Five is a targeted widening participation programme offered as part of the North Yorkshire Coast Higher Education Collaboration (NYCHEC); a partnership between the universities of York, Hull and York St John providing high-quality hands-on collaborative outreach for pupils in Years 7-11 in Scarborough, Whitby, Filey and Bridlington.  

3MT school photo

‌ The High Five competition (2017) was won by the 'Mockingjays' team from Bridlington School.

Watch the presentations

View the presentations either individually or as a playlist on YouTube.


Sophia Whitlock

Environment Department

"How a human antidepressant could alter the behaviour of wilde songbird"


Viswadeep Sarangi

Department of Electronic Engineering

"Robot doctor: Walking towards better diagnosis and recovery in healthcare"


L Meghan Dennis

Department of Archaeology

"Indiana Jones made me do it: Bad behaviour and worse archaeology in videogames"


Katherina Walper Gormaz

Department of Languages and Linguistic Science

"Hands that speak"


Joy Ogbemudia

Centre for Women's Studies

"What about immigration and professional women?"


Frances Drachenberg

Department of Biology

"Changing the face of science"


Maria Lopez Romero

Department of Education

"To help or not to help: Bullying bystanders in schools"

Due to the sensitive nature of this presentation, no video is available.

Carol Robinson

Department of Sociology

"Dying in prison"

This video will be unavailable until after Jet's presentation in the 3MT semi-final and the Falling Walls final.

Jet Sanders

Department of Psychology

"Weekly cycles;cautious Thursdays"


Naomi Gildert

Department of Electronic Engineering

"Making a robot removal man company"