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 $500 scholarship to be credited to their student account. The 2nd Place and People's Choice winners will receive a $300 scholarship.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR A GOOD PRESENTATION?
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.
Scroll to the bottom of this page for examples of past winners.
View our workshops under the "Need Help? tab.
YouTube has examples of good 3MT® presentations so check for others in your discipline for inspiration.
WHAT ARE THE RULES?
Click here for the 2020 Virtual 3MT Competition rules and information.
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?
2020 Virtual 3MT® Competition
Sharon Bigger"Advance Care Planning Protocols and Hospitalization, Rehospitalization, and Emergency Department Use in Home Health"
John Hayford Teye-Kau"Synthesis of Phosphatidyl Ethanolamine for Model Studies of the Cell Membrane"
Thomas Ntim"Understanding Plant Signaling towards improved Energy Crops"
Watch All Finalists
2020 3MT® Judges
Amy Gravitte (Berry) (Biomedical Sciences); Earon Payton II (Brand and Media Strategy); Shanna Glawson (Studio Art); John Hayford Teye-Kau (Chemistry); Sharon Bigger (Nursing); Thomas Ntim (Chemistry)
From left, Mr. Scott Treadway (Actor, Flatrock Playhouse and entrepreneur); Dr. Bonny Ball Copenhaver (President New River Technical College) and Ms. Sandra Harbison (Communication Specialist, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine)