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Congratulations to PhD Candidate Isabella Bower, who won the Faculty of Science Engineering and Built Environment Semi-Final of the 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) on 13 June 2019. This is a history making win, the first year an Architecture candidate has won our Faculty’s Semi-Final.

Isabella is in the second year of her PhD supervised by A Prof Richard Tucker from the School of Architecture and Built Environment and Prof Peter Enticott from the School of Psychology. She presented on how her research is combining knowledge and tools from neuroscience to understand and measure how the built environment impacts our emotion which could lead to a revolution in how we design our schools, hospitals and workplaces.

The 3MT competition originated from the University of Queensland and is designed for PhD candidates to develop their academic and research communication skills. Competitors have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.

Isabella will now represent our School and Faculty in the Deakin University Final for the chance to win $2,000 and be sent to compete against winning contestants from Universities across Australasia at The University of Queensland for the Asia-Pacific Final.

Please come and support Isabella in the Deakin University final at 3pm on 13th August 2019, Burwood Corporate Centre, Building BC, Melbourne Burwood campus. For more information visit: