Is white rice naughty or nice? This question captured the judges’ attention and earned PhD student Ms Michelle Toutounji the title in the Charles Sturt University (CSU) Three Minute Thesis (3MT) final in Wagga Wagga.
In the competition, students must describe their research within three minutes to a general audience, using only one slide.
Ms Toutounji was also awarded the People’s Choice award for her explanation of her research to alter the starch structure in white rice, using heat and pressure treatments, to produce a diabetic friendly product.
The judges praised Ms Toutounji for being able to make complex research interesting and easy to understand and complemented her on sharing a personal experience also as part of the story.
She will represent CSU at the Three-Minute Thesis Asia Pacific Final at the end of September.
The runner-up in the CSU competition was Ms Esther Callcott for her three-minute thesis about the potential health benefits of coloured rice in combating obesity.
Both CSU students are completing their research through the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Functional Grains (The Functional Grains ITTC.
Five of the eight PhD students who qualified for the final were from the Graham Centre, congratulations also to Ms Esther Callcott, Mr Yuchi Chen, Mr Stephen Cork and Ms Shiwangni Rao.