The Three Minute Thesis (3MT*) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students. Developed by the University of Queensland (UQ), the exercise cultivates students' academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. The first 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2008, with 160 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.
Currently enrolled masters and doctoral students in all disciplines at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will be eligible to participate in 3MT. Work presented must have been conducted at the NCCU. Graduates from previous academic years are not eligible. If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Jones at email@example.com.
One practical reason is that winners will receive a monetary award. However, participants will also develop valuable skills that will serve them in the future. Researchers are often called upon to explain their research to a lay audience, perhaps in order to gain funding. Being able to clearly and engagingly explain their research can set them apart from their competitors.
The next information session is on Jan 28, and the submission deadline is Jan 29. Please see the participation guide for competition rules, recording tips, and submission methods.
The rules of the competition, based on those from the 3MT* organization, are as follows:
- A single static image or 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, or 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.
The competition this year will be unlike any other conducted at NCCU as it will be totally virtual. All competitors will submit their pre-recorded videos for judging.
Each video would be judged in three areas:
- Content and engagement
- Feb 5, 2021: All submissions are due by 5 p.m.