Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland in Australia. It challenges graduate students to make a compelling presentation on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. The competition helps students develop academic, presentation and research communication skills and the capacity to explain their research to a non-academic audience.

3MT® 2017

The 2017 Three Minute Thesis preliminary competitions will take place during the second and third week of October. Registration for the preliminary rounds will be open from September 6-24. To register, please follow this link to our Qualtrics registration survey.

Preliminary Heat 1 is scheduled for Tuesday, October 10 from 2:30pm - 3:30pm.
Preliminary Heat 2 is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11 from 10:00am - 11:00am.
Preliminary Heat 3 is scheduled for Monday, October 16 from 2:30pm - 3:30pm.
Preliminary Heat 4 is scheduled for Tuesday, October 17 from 10:00am - 11:00am.
Preliminary Heat 5 is scheduled for Wednesday, October 18 from 10:00am - 11:00am.

The 2017 final round is scheduled for November 9.

Prizes

Winner: $500
Runner-up: $350
People’s Choice: $250

Rules

A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or movement of any kind, 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.

The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Judging Criteria

Each of the three judging criteria has equal weight. Note what each criterion has in common: an emphasis on the audience.

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?

Resource

3MT® Preparation Guide

Contact Information

For more information concerning the competition, please contact Dr. Emilia Hodge at: ehodge@aa.ufl.edu

3MT® 2016

Winner: Andrea Lin, Medical Sciences Ph.D. student, for her presentation titled “Immunotherapy for Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes.”

The University of Florida Graduate School, in collaboration with the Organization for Graduate Academic and Professional Development (OGAP) hosted the third annual Three Minute Thesis Competition on March 29, 2016. Ten students competed for a chance to win cash prizes. Below is a recording of the event along with the individual presentations of each student.

Event Recording of 3MT® 2016

Full Event Recording (including awards ceremony)

Individual Student Presentations
Andrea Lin
Allysha Winburn
Shannon Keleher
Pengxu Qi
Sudeshna A. Chatterjee
Natasha Sng
Stephen Chrzanowski
Kendra Krietsch
Rebecca Williams
Hal Knowles

 

3MT® 2015

Winner: Jerald Pinson, Botany Ph.D. student, for his presentation titled “What confers the ability to forego the production of a sporophyte in ferns? A comparative trancriptomic approach.”

The University of Florida Graduate School, in collaboration with the Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) hosted the second annual Three Minute Thesis Competition on April 7, 2015. Ten students competed for a chance to win cash prizes. Below is a recording of the event along with the individual presentations of each student.

Event Recording of 3MT® 2015

Full Event Recording (including awards ceremony)

Individual Student Presentations

Shraddha Sundaram
Chanda Jones Littles
Kimberly Hawkins
Danielle Tolson
Jerald Pinson
Douglas Bennion
Lydia Little
Williams Brooks
Derek B. Archer
Hannah J. Allen