3MT

 

All graduate students in the College of Education, Health and Human Development are invited to participate in a THREE MINUTE THESIS (3MT®) contest to showcase the wonderful research taking place in the college. The College of Education, Health and Human Development 3MT® 2021 event will be aired live on Wednesday, April 28, at 4:00 p.m. All faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the college will be invited to attend and participate in voting for a People’s Choice Award Winner. Additionally, a panel of judges will select a Runner-up and an overall Winner. All finalists and award winners will receive prizes! This is a fabulous way to showcase research across the college and for graduate students to share their research!

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD 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 and its significance in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

3MT® is now a globally-recognised competition. In 2019, over 900 institutions across more than 80 countries are holding a 3MT® event.

  • 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 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.

Comprehension and Content

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance to the research question being addressed, while explaining terminology and avoiding jargon?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Was the thesis topic, research significance, results/impact and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • 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 and 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?

3MT®Entry Requirements and Process

Abstract Submission Process

All graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for College of Education, Health and Human Development 3MT 2021. Abstracts will be reviewed and finalists will be invited to prepare and prerecord 3MT presentations to be aired as part of live virtual event on Wednesday, April 28 at 4:00 p.m.

Abstracts will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance to the research question being addressed, while explaining terminology and avoiding jargon?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Was the thesis topic, research significance, results/impact and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?

Abstract Submission Deadline is Sunday, March 28, 2021. Information for abstract submission is found below. Finalists accepted for the College of Education, Health and Human Development 3MT® 2021 will be notified by Friday, April 2, 2021. Finalists will prerecord 3MT® presentations and submit by Thursday, April 22, 2021. This link will take you to the abstract submittal portal.

More Information

More information and examples of 3MT® presentations can be found at https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/

 For specific information on the 3MT® event, contact Mary Miles at [email protected]

 

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