The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.
The Spring 2020 competition will be held for both doctoral & masters' students. The event will take place on Thursday, April 9, 2020 in the Harte Research Institute from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Spring 2019 3MT® Doctoral and Master's Student Winners
1st Place: Christian Cunningham
2nd Place: Hongming Yao
Coastal and Marine System Science
3rd Place: Jeb Struder
Spring 2018 3MT® Doctoral and Master's Student Winners
1st Place: Katherine Martin - Coastal and Marine System Science
2nd Place: Michelle Culver - Coastal and Marine System Science
3rd Place: Amanda Murray - Clinical Psychology
Fall 2017 3MT® Doctoral Student Winners
1st Place: Adriana Dyurich - Counselor Education
2nd Place: Akash Ashapure - Geospatial Computing Sciences
3rd Place: Stephanie R. Medina - Curriculum & Instruction
Spring 2017 3MT® Master's Student Winners
1st Place: Shane Reader - Clinical Psychology
2nd Place: Alex Tompkins - Marine Biology
3rd Place: Melanie Gingras - Coastal and Marine System Science
Fall 2016 3MT® Doctoral Student Winners
1st Place: Melissa Rohal - Physical and Environmental Science
2nd Place: Dominic Swift - Life Science
3rd Place: Jamie McQueen - Curriculum & Instruction
Fall 2015 3MT® Doctoral Student Winners
1st Place: Avery Scherer - Physical and Environmental Science
2nd Place: Laurie Beveridge - Educational Leadership
People's Choice: I-Shuo Huang - Life Science
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a competition celebrating the research of graduate students while promoting and improving skills in students’ presentation, academic, and research communication. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the competition encourages the students’ capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
The first 3MT® was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 RHD (research higher degree) students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT® competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Due to its adoption in numerous universities, a
In 2011, 43 universities were represented in the Trans-Tasman 3MT® which was hosted by The University of Western Australia, and for the first time students from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Hong Kong took part in their own regional events.
In order to withdraw, contestants must notify us no later than March 23rd. Notification must be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and copied to the chair or advisor for the research.
A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed. 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 (eg. 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 either movement or speech.
The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
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
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
Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?