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3MT® (Three Minute Thesis) Competition


The Office of Graduate Studies and the Graduate and Professional Student Council are proud to present USF's 3 Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®)!


Click here to visit the 3MT® site and view videos of past international winners.


Dr. Bahr presents our 2017 3MT winners - (left to right) Earnest Hansley, Karena Nguyen, Sairav Chakraborty, & Dr. Ruth Bahr

About 3MT®

The 3MT® is a skills development activity which challenges Research Higher Degree students to explain their dissertation or thesis research project to a non-specialist audience. The idea is for students to orally present the significance of their dissertation or thesis using a single static slide in just three minutes. Judges will rate the student's ability to present their research to a multidisciplinary audience in accessible and engaging non-technical language. Developed by The University of Queensland in 2008, enthusiasm for the 3MT® concept and its adoption in numerous universities has also led to the development of an international competition.

Competition Results

2017
First Place: Karena Nguyen, Parasites, People, and the Changing Climate
Second Place: Earnest Hansley, Identification of Individuals from Ears
People's Choice: Saurav Chakraborty, El Niño Neutral Condition and its Influence on the Development of Hurricanes
2016
First Place: Kevin Orner, Nutrient Removal and Energy Recovery from Digester Effluent
Second Place: Karena Nguyen, A Mechanistic Framework for Temperature-Dependent Disease Dynamics: A Novel Approach with Dynamic Energy Budget Theory
People's Choice: Dagmara Monfort, Self-Assembling Nanoparticles for Treatment of Genetic Diseases

Competition History

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a skills development activity which challenges Research Higher Degree students to explain their research project to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008, enthusiasm for the 3MT® concept and its adoption in numerous universities led to the development of an international competition.

Contest Rules


Rules

  1. A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description, 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 considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  7. The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Comprehension & Content

  1. Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
  2. Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
  3. Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  4. Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  5. Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  6. 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

  1. Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  2. Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?
  3. Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  4. Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
  5. Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
  6. Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?

Prizes

Resources

Presentor Preparation Guide
2015 Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) 3MT Final Write Up
3MT® Competition Winners from around the world

Click here to view the Innaugural Competition Winners!



This event is sponsored by Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC), the Office of Graduate Studies, and ResearchOne.