An 80,000 word thesis would take nine hours to present. Your time limit ... Three minutes.
On Friday, March 9, 2018, PhD research came to life in the university's second annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. This competition, hosted by the Graduate School and Blackstone LaunchPad, featured PhD students communicating their research to non-experts and competing to win monetary prizes up to $1,000.
This event was free and open to the public. The audience was invited to vote on their favorite presentation to determine the People’s Choice Award winner. A panel of judges determined the first, second and third place prize winners.
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.
In addition to monetary prizes, all applicants will learn how to:
Doctoral students currently enrolled at the University at Buffalo and actively engaged in dissertation research who have completed their Application to Candidacy are eligible to participate. A competitive candidate should have a well-conceived dissertation project, compelling data collected and a novel story to share. Work presented must have been conducted at the University at Buffalo for the student’s current degree program.
Participants must be available to present, in person, at the 3MT competition.
All presentations will be videotaped and will appear on the Graduate School's website.
3MT preparation workshops are offered each fall 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.
There are currently no workshops scheduled.
Take a look at some of our past preparation workshop videos, below.
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.