3 Minute Thesis Competition
|Created at the University of Queensland (Australia), 3MT® provides graduate students the opportunity to develop their professional presentation and research communication skills. The objective of the event is to distill projects into an engaging three-minute presentation designed for a general (non-specialist) audience using just one slide.|
Frequently Asked Questions
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?
All ETSU graduate students can participate, whether in a residential or distance program.
MY PROGRAM DOES NOT REQUIRE A THESIS. CAN I STILL PARTICIPATE?
Yes! All types of professional projects are appropriate topics for a 3MT® presentation—business plans, meta-analyses, literature reviews, and original research
I AM A FIRST-YEAR MASTER’S STUDENT AND MY PROJECT IS NOT VERY FULLY DEVELOPED. CAN I PARTICIPATE?
Yes! Preliminary data can be presented in a 3MT® competition. After all, you are presenting for only three minutes. You can provide limited data in that amount of time; just be sure to inform your audience how this data highlights future research.
WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE?
3MT® will help you hone an important skill needed as a graduate student and professional. The ability to distill complex information into a short speech with high impact for a lay audience is a valuable skill for all aspects of one’s life.
If that is not reason enough, how about this? The top winner in ETSU’s competition will receive a $300 scholarship to be credited to their student account. The 2nd Place and People's Choice winners will receive a $200 scholarship.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR A GOOD PRESENTATION?
YouTube has examples of good 3MT® presentations so check for others in your discipline for inspiration. An effective presentation tells the audience why the project or research is important, and it hooks the audience early. A metaphor or comparison is also useful for the audience. Be sure to tell the audience what your research reveals, but do not bog them down in the minutia. You can learn more about 3MT® here: http://threeminutethesis.org.
WHAT ARE THE 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. Click here to download the slide for ETSU.
• 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 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.
HOW ARE THE PRESENTATIONS JUDGED?
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 trivialize or generalize 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?
2019 3MT® Competition
Donna Paulsen"Women's Experiences with Infertility within Faith Communities"
Anna Musket"Glioblastoma: Misregulation and Therapeutic Options"
Keri Blair"A Horse is Not a Horse, of Course: The Culture of Horses in Tudor England"
Watch All Finalists
2019 3MT® Judges
Julia Catherine Dean, Special Education; Omotayo Jacob, Chemistry; Donna Paulsen, Communication & Storytelling Studies; Keri Blair, History; Wasilat Adeoluwa, Chemistry; Jonathan Byrd, Art; Caitlini Paolucci, Special Education; Anna Musket, Biomedical Sciences; Randa Dunlap, Early Childhood Education
From left, Mayor Jenny Brock (Mayor, Johnson City), Mr. Jeff Dugan (Vice President of Research, Fiber Innovation Technology), Dr. Wilsie Bishop (Senior Vice President for Academics, ETSU)