The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

2017 3MT Competition

 

3MT Statewide Championship

EMU

Cedar and Spruce
Saturday, May 20, 2017

3:30-5:30pm
 

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, for research students.  The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of graduate students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.

 The trademarked name of this event is Three Minute Thesis, but students may present research they are conducting for a thesis, dissertation, terminal project, or any other research project they are working on.

To participate in the Three Minute Thesis, you must be a currently enrolled graduate student at the University of Oregon.

Three Minute Thesis Rules

  • 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.

 

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 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?

 
 

The panel of judges for each round will be announced at a later date, but will include university faculty, Graduate School administrators, and individuals with an expertise in public speaking and presentations.

 

Previously Three Minute Thesis Competitions:

2016 3MT Competition: https://gradschool.uoregon.edu/node/2513; Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MP6-NuPKZs

2015 3MT Competition: https://gradschool.uoregon.edu/node/2095; Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEF8CcrAOPo&feature=youtu.be

2014 3MT Competition: http://gradschool.uoregon.edu/node/2025

2013 3MT Competition: http://gradschool.uoregon.edu/node/2026

 

 

 

 

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