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3MT® Competition

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition Guidelines

Deadline to Register is OCTOBER 25th!

 

 

What is 3MT®?

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ). Masters and Doctoral students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. 3MT® is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research, but challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.

Why Participate in 3MT®?
3MT® is part of an effort to provide students with an opportunity to develop their oral communication and presentation skills.

  • Skills Training for Graduate Students

The exercise develops academic, presentation and research communication skills, while developing research students' ability to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

  • Building Research Culture Across the University

3MT® provides a valuable opportunity for graduate students to come together, get to know one another and talk about their research. It also provides a supportive environment for presentation skills training.

  • Building External Relations for the University

Doctoral winners will go on to represent The University of Mississippi at SEC Competition which, in itself, is an excellent networking and professional development opportunity.

Rules
• A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration).
• No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
• No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
• Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
• Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
• Presentations are to commence from the stage.
• Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.

Judging Criteria

•Communication style: was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience?
•Comprehension: did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
•Engagement: did the presentation make the audience want to know more?

Resources

Powerpoint Presentation from Training Session
Overview of competition at UNSW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrrK5c8SwKw
Humanities Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2RE95JK-HE
Social Science Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvjPzsLIyGw
Pharmaceutics Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxbRFWQ56RY
Natural Science Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HT_f830Mxn0
Education Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgiqpOejCLs

Click HERE to register for the competition.