Announcing The University of Southern Mississippi's 8th Annual Three-Minute Thesis
Our 8th Annual Three-Minute Thesis will be taking place November 3-5, 2021.
To register for 3MT, please click here. Registration is open until October 1, 2021.
During the preliminary competitions on November 3th and 4th from 2-5 p.m., students will compete in one of the following four categories:
- Physical Sciences and Math
- Social and Educational Sciences and Business
- Arts and Humanities
- Life, Health and Environmental Sciences
- Grand Champion - $1,000
- Runner-Up - $750
- Each of the Eight Category Winners - $250
- The presentation must describe current research. Research for which a degree was previously
awarded or which was done at another institution is not allowed.
- A single (8 1/2" x 14” landscape) static PowerPoint slide is required (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. pointers, note cards, costumes, musical instruments, laboratory
equipment) are permitted.
- Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum, and competitors exceeding three
minutes are disqualified.
- Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
- Presentations are considered to have commenced when the presenter starts their presentation
through movement or speech.
- The decision of the judges is final.
2021 3MT Handbook
Comprehension and Content
- Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question
being addressed and its significance?
- Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions
- Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
- Were the thesis topic, key results, and research significance and outcomes communicated
in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
- Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate
background information to illustrate points?
- Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of his/her presentation - or
did the presenter elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?
Engagement and Communication
- Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
- Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
- Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for the research?
- Did the presenter capture and maintain the audience's attention?
- Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain
a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
- Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition
developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.