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® 2020

Registration for the 2020 3MT® competition will open in September 2020.

Dates

  • Dates for the 2020 3MT® competition wll be announced in Summer 2020.

Prizes

  • Winner: $550
  • Runner-up: $400
  • People’s Choice: $300

Rules

  1. 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).
  2. No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) are permitted.
  3. No additional props (e.g., costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  4. Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  5. Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps or songs).
  6. Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  7. Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  8. The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Judging Criteria

Comprehension & 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?
  • Was 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 their presentation – or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

Engagement & 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 their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their 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?

Resource

3MT® Preparation Guide

Contact Information

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


3MT® 2019

The University of Florida Graduate School, in collaboration with the Organization for Graduate Student Academic and Professional Development (OGAP) hosted the sixth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition on November 7, 2019. Ten students competed for a chance to win cash prizes.

WINNER: Ela Sajjadi, Ph.D. Student in Rehabilitation Science, with a presentation titled “Therapeutic Effects of Acute Intermittent Hypoxia on Respiratory Function in ALS Patients”

RUNNER-UP: Faisal Shahzad, Ph.D. student in Horticultural Sciences, with a presentation titled “Role of mineral nutrition in improving tree health, fruit quality and postharvest storage life of HLB-affected mandarin cultivars”

PEOPLE'S CHOICE: Sumaiya Shomaji, Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a presentation titled “Secure and Efficient Storage of Large-Scale Biometric Data”

Event Recording of 3MT® 2019

Full Event Recording (including awards ceremony)

Individual Student Presentations

Samantha Burrell
Drake Garner
Ziliang Luo
Mhairi MacLean
Preet Mahalay
Catherine Olguin
Appajosula Rao
Ella Sajjadi
Faisal Shahzad
Sumaiya Shomaji

3MT® 2018

The University of Florida Graduate School, in collaboration with the Organization for Graduate Student Academic and Professional Development (OGAP) hosted the fifth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition on November 8, 2018. Ten students competed for a chance to win cash prizes.

WINNER: Juliette Experton, Chemistry Ph.D. student, for her presentation titled “Gold Microtube Membranes Applications in Batteries and Biology.”

RUNNER-UP: Mathew Sebastian, Molecualr Cell Biology Ph.D. student, for his presentation titled "Direct Cancer Cell to Antigen-Presenting Cell Conversion: A Novel Immunotherapy for Glioblastoma."

PEOPLE'S CHOICE: Kelsey Lewis, Zoology Ph.D. student, for her presentation titled "The effects of endocrine disruption on external genital development."

Event Recording of 3MT® 2018

Full Event Recording (including awards ceremony)

Individual Student Presentations
Abdullah Alalwan
Sreeja Chowdhury
Kelly DeMars
Juliette Experton
Joseph Flores-Toro
Shirin Ghatrehsamani
Kelsey Lewis
Kaitlyn Sarlo Davila
Mathew Sebastian
Qin Yu

3MT® 2017

The University of Florida Graduate School, in collaboration with the Organization for Graduate Student Academic and Professional Development (OGAP) hosted the fourth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition on November 9, 2017. Ten students competed for a chance to win cash prizes.

WINNER: Thiago Borba Onofre, Agricultural Engineering Ph.D. student, for his presentation titled “A Wireless Sensor Network for a Strawberry Disease Warning System.”

RUNNER-UP: Ting Dong, Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. student, for her presentation titled "Prognostics and health management of aircraft structures."

PEOPLE'S CHOICE: Enrico Barrozo, Genetics & Genomics Ph.D. student, for his presentation titled "RibOzyme Gene Therapy for Ocular Herpes."