PhD students compete for research prize

Professor Allan Layton with the successful PhD students

PhD student Ade Adeyinka hopes his prize-winning research project will lead him on the path to become a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

Mr Adeyinka was announced as the winner of the Faculty of Business and Law & the Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development’s PhD Presentations Expo for 2012.

The Expo showcased the PhD research projects of 14 students, giving each student the chance to ‘sell’ their project during a 15-minute presentation.

Francis Gacenga won second place in the competition while Abdul Raziq was placed third.

Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development Deputy Director Professor Julie Cotter said the Expo was a great opportunity to showcase the excellent research that some of USQ’s PhD students were doing.

‘Holding several short presentations on the same day allows attendees to gain a broad understanding of the range of topics that are being researched by the students from the Faculty of Business and Law and the Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development,’ Professor Cotter said.

‘It is also an important aspect of the research training that we are providing for our students.’

Mr Adeyinka’s study investigates the viability of rainfall index insurance in managing drought risk in Queensland and Western Australia.

‘Farmers need to become self-reliant but at the moment there is no tool for them to do that,’ he said.

‘This study will help farmers become self-reliant to manage their risk.’

Professor Cotter said the Presentations Expo represented a creative way to develop the presentation abilities of the participating PhD students.

‘Mentoring has been provided to the students and they understood that their presentation skills would be assessed using a comprehensive set of criteria based on those from the US National Science Foundation.’

The winners receive cash prizes of $200 for first, $100 for second and $50 for third place

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