The University of the South Pacific’s Three Minute Thesis Competition was staged on Wednesday September 5th. The event was organized by the University Research Office through the generous sponsorship of AusAID. Eight postgraduate research students presented compelling orations of their original research in 3 minutes using a single slide and were judged by a judging panel comprising of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and International), Professor John Bythell, Director of Development, Marketing, Communications and Alumni, Mr Jaindra Karan and the Strategic Total Academic Review (STAR) Project Manager, Mr Ashwin Raj. The Three Minute Thesis Competition is an initiative of the University Research Office to enhance the confidence of our postgraduate research students and to create awareness amongst potential higher degree research students.
First Prize Winner – Mr Ravikash Prasad
Mr Ravikash Prasad is a Master of Science student with the Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment and is supervised by Dr Gilianne Brodie. Mr Prasad’s presentation title was ‘Invasive Plant to control Invasive Termite’.
“Asian subterranean termites and Rosary Pea weeds are two common invasive species around the world. They are controlled by using excessive amounts of insecticides and weedicides against which they develop resistance very easily. These expensive chemicals are environmental unfriendly and harmful to human health. My talk explains how I have utilized these invasive weeds to control these invasive termites as a substitute for the harmful chemicals. The results show that the weeds demonstrate an exceptional potential to control these and other termites in the world and provides a cheaper and non-resistant control without harming the environment and human health.”
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