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Honours Students Showcase Research at Inaugural Three Minute Honours Thesis Competition

05 Nov 2014

A student in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies with a passion for theatre has won the inaugural Business School's Three Minute Honours Thesis Competition.

While retaining the critical elements of her work, Eliza Owen was able to reduce a year of intensive research, advanced coursework and her 20,000 word thesis to a three minute presentation to her peers, supervisors and the School's industry partners at the 2014 Honours Reception.

There were 45 students in this year's Honours Program, pursuing research topics ranging from volatility estimation in credit default swap pricing to the innovation processes of online communities.

"When selecting the three competition finalists, we had to balance the significance of the research with creating interest in the topic to a general audience," said Honours Program Director, Dr Danika Wright.

The judging panel awarded first place to Eliza Owen for her presentation on the creativity-commerciality paradox faced by theatre practitioners.

"Honours is a year to follow your passion, and for Eliza that is the theatre," said Eliza's supervisor, Dr Eric Knight. "She gave us an exciting opportunity to jump inside one of the country's leading theatre companies."

"Everyone wants to be creative these days, but Eliza wanted to see how professional actors balance creativity with the opposite pressure: growing ticket sales," Dr Knight continued.

"Honours is one of the most challenging programs and for many students the most rewarding," said Dr Wright. "While most students will move on to leading graduate positions in industry next year, many are also looking at their options to extend their research study into a PhD."

"The annual Honours Reception is a showcase of the achievements and potential of the best and brightest students," she added. "Honours is our leading undergraduate program for students with outstanding academic talent, and a strategically important part of attracting the best research students to the Business School."

"For the first time this year, we have had students in the Honours Program from every Business School discipline," Dr Wright concluded. "Beyond the skills and knowledge they develop, the cohort experience gives these students one of their strongest networks that will last throughout their careers."

Applications to study Honours in 2015 are open until 26 November 2014.

Find out more about the University of Sydney Business School Honours Program.