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October is ’Postgraduate Studies Month’ here at the University of Waikato, and the highlight is ‘The3is in Three’.I talked about it last year – it’s a competition in which PhD students have to explain their research in three minutes using just one powerpoint slide.

This year two of my PhD students have done very well. One has got to the final, the other was one of two ‘highly commendeds’ who didn’t quite make the final. As a supervisor of a finalist, I get ‘VIP’ tickets to the final (I’m not sure what a VIP ticket entitles me to, since the event is free to the public), which is next Wednesday. I am absolutely sure it will be another fantastic event.

Te Radar is back as compere, though this time we are moving out of the university into Clarence Street Theatre in central Hamilton.  7pm start, Wednesday 27 October, and it’s absolutely free. Come and enjoy the show.

And this time I hope a science student wins it.