An 80,000 word thesis would take nine hours to present. Your time limit ... Three minutes.
In spring 2017, the Graduate School and Blackstone LaunchPad hosted the university's inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. This competition provides all participants with a unique and invaluable professional development experience and competition winners are awarded monetary prizes up to $1,000.
The 3MT competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students. Developed by the University of Queensland, the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation and research communication skills.
In the 3MT competition, graduate students convey the essence and importance of their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation research in an engaging way to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes and with one PowerPoint slide. A panel of judges will determine the first, second and third place prize winners.
The first 3MT competition was held at the University of Queensland in 2008 with 160 students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Since 2011, the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT competitions are now held in over 350 universities across more than 59 countries worldwide.
Three 3MT preparation workshops were offered this year to
explain the competition and how to communicate your research to a
non-specialist audience. Each workshop was recorded in full,
and can be used as a helpful resource for those preparing for the
3MT How to Pitch for PhD's Workshop Video Recording - November 2016
Communicating to a Non-specialist Audience - February 2017
Public Speaking and Presentation Zen - March 2017
Practice your presentation
Video recording studios are available by reservation and free of charge in UB’s Silverman Library in Capen Hall. Watch yourself, assess your performance and share with others to get their feedback and improve your presentation.
The next 3MT competition is scheduled for Friday, March 2, 2018. Check back soon for additional details.