Rosanna Stevens won the 2014 3 Minute Thesis competition. Photo by Stuart Hay.

Rosanna Stevens won the 2014 Three Minute Thesis competition. Photo by Stuart Hay.

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The White Australia policy is long gone but white culture is so prevalent that it's invisible, says ANU Three Minute Thesis winner ROSANNA STEVENS.

Summing up years' worth of work in just three minutes may seem impossible but for School of Archaeology and Anthropology PhD candidate Rosanna Stevens, it was relatively simple.

Rosanna's winning speech, published here in full, in the ANU Three Minute Thesis competition focused on her studies of 'whiteness' in Australian culture, and approached the idea that 'whiteness' is so ingrained in society that many people do not realise its existence.

The Three Minute Thesis is an international competition for research students to showcase their studies.

Students have just three minutes to talk about their thesis, using plain language and just a single PowerPoint slide.

This means an 80,000 word thesis can be condensed to just 400 words.

Rosanna's ANU win gained her a place in the Trans-Tasman grand final, taking her to the University of Western Australia, where she took out the runner-up spot in a group of 48 students from Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.