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
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.
|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|
|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|
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.
- 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).
- 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 considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through 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 trivialise or generalise 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?
- Winner: $300
- Runner-up: $200
- People's Choice: $100
ResourcesPresentor 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!