An 80,000 word thesis would take nine hours to present. Your time limit ... Three minutes.
On Friday, March 2, 2018, PhD research will come to life in the university's second annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. This competition, hosted by the Graduate School and Blackstone LaunchPad, features PhD students communicating their research to non-experts and competing to win monetary prizes up to $1,000.
The deadline to register for the March 2, 2018 Three Minute
Thesis competition will be early December. Check back on November 1
for more information.
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.
Doctoral students who have filed an Application to Candidacy are eligible to participate in the 3MT competition. Participants are judged on the ability to effectively convey the essence and importance of their research in an engaging way to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes, 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 600 universities across more than 59 countries worldwide.
Three 3MT preparation workshops will be offered in fall 2017 to help all graduate students learn how to communicate research to a non-specialist audience. Workshops are open to all graduate students and are a helpful resource for those PhD students preparing to enter the 3MT competition.
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.