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3MT Winners
 
The Graduate School's annual Three Minute Thesis Competition will be held at the Joe Paul Theater on October 31 and November 1, 2024. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia. 3MT competitors are asked to explain their thesis or dissertation in a three-minute presentation; effectively communicating the complexity of their topic and research to a non-academic audience. The competition is a great opportunity for students to hone their 30-second elevator pitch and win prizes while doing so.

During the preliminary competitions, students will compete in one of the following four categories:

  • Physical Sciences and Mathematics
  • Social and Educational Sciences and Business
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Life, Health and Environmental Sciences
  • Grand Champion - $1,000
  • Runner-Up - $750
  • People's Choice - $500
  • 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.

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 and outcomes?
  • 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?

3MT Competition Video

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