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3mt Thesis Statement

Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland in Australia in 2008. The premise of the competition is to develop academic, presentation, and research communication skills. It supports the development of students’ capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but nonspecialist audience. Doctoral students have three minutes to present compelling orations on their dissertation topics and their significance. 3MT™ is not an exercise in “watering down” research but forces students to consolidate their ideas and concisely explain their research discoveries.

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Registration for the 2017 competition has now closed.  

Schedule of Events
WORKSHOP 1AUGUST 30, 20179:00 - 10:00 amPIEDMONT ROOM, STUDENT CENTER
WORKSHOP 2SEPTEMBER 13, 20179:00 - 10:00 amCOMMUNICATION CENTER
WORKSHOP 3SEPTEMBER 279:00 -10:00 amPIEDMONT ROOM, STUDENT CENTER
PRELIMINARY ROUND 1 OCTOBER 12, 20173:00 - 5:00 pmSTUDENT CENTER THEATER, STUDENT CENTER (location change)
PRELIMINARY ROUND 2 OCTOBER 18, 20175:00 - 7:00 pmSTUDENT CENTER THEATER, STUDENT CENTER (location change)
FINALS WORKSHOPNOVEMBER 8, 20179:00 - 11:00 amPIEDMONT ROOM, STUDENT CENTER
FINALSNOVEMBER 13, 20175:00 - 8:00 pmSTUDENT CENTER BALLROOM
Eligibility
  • Doctoral students currently enrolled at Georgia Tech and actively engaged in dissertation research are eligible. The student must be graduating in a term later than Fall 2017. Graduates of Georgia Tech and previous winners of 3MT™ competition are not eligible to participate. A competitive candidate should have a well conceived dissertation project, compelling data collected, and a novel story to share.
     
  • Master's students must be actively engaged in thesis research, non thesis master's students are not eligible. The student must be graduating in Fall 2017 or later term. Graduates of Georgia Tech and previous winners of 3MT™ competition are not eligible to participate. A competitive candidate should have a well conceived thesis project, compelling data collected, and a novel story to share.
 

Prizes

PhD

  • Winner: $2,000 research travel grant

  • Runner-up: $1,500 research travel grant

  • Third Place: $1,000 research travel grant

MS

  • Winner: $1,000 research travel grant

  • Runner-up: $750 research travel grant

  • Third Place: $500 research travel grant

One People's Choice Winner will be selected from all participants (MS and PhD). Votaing for the People's Choice will take place live at the Finals.

  • People’s Choice: $500 research travel grant

 
Judging Criteria

Presentations will be judged based on the following: 

Engagement and 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?

Comprehension and 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 nonspecialist 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 the presentation — or did he/she elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?
Rules
  • 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 three minutes maximum, and competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps, or songs).
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts his/her presentation through movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
 
The 2017 Winners include:

**we had a tie for Third Place in Ph.D.
See all videos from the competition here.

The 2016 Winners include:

**we had a tie for the People's Choice Winner
See all videos from the competition here.

For More Information

Questions? Contact Tatianna Richardson or visit Three Minute Thesis (3MT™). (Videos of the presentations from the inaugural 2015 competition at Georgia Tech are available here. Also, a selection of videos of award-winning presentations from a variety of universities is available on the 3MT™ website.) 

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an internationally recognized competition that challenges PhD students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just 3 minutes, in language that anyone can understand. 3MT is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research but requires students to consolidate their ideas, crystallize their research discoveries and capture the imagination of their audience.

3MT at CMU

Think you can describe your research and its importance in 3 minutes?

Who's eligible to compete: CMU doctoral candidates. Come one, come all.

Why compete: Meet peers from around CMU and hear about what they're doing. Additionally, in recognition of the 5th year of the 3MT at CMU, the prizes for the preliminary rounds are doubled. Preliminary round winners have their choice of either $1,000 towards their research/travel needs or a $1,000 credit in the University Computer Store to be used at their discretion.

What happens next? Start practicing. All 3MT registrants will be scheduled to compete in preliminary rounds between February 23 and March 21. All rounds run from 5:00 – 6:30pm in the Sorrells Library.

Then what? Winners of preliminary rounds will compete for an additioanl $500-$3,000 in research/travel grants in the Three Minute Thesis Championship on April 10. The Championship will be held on Tuesday, April 10 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm in Kresge Theater, CFA Building. Prizes will be given for 1st ($3,000), 2nd ($2,000), as well as the People's Choice ($500) and Alumni Awards ($500).

All preliminary rounds and the championship are open to the public to attend. 

  1. Only 1 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).
  2. No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  3. No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  4. Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  5. Presentations are to be spoken word (i.e. no poems, raps or songs).
  6. Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  7. Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  8. The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.


The Preliminary Rounds are held from 5:00pm to 6:30pm in the Sorrells Library, Wean Hall. The dates for each round are:

Round 1: Friday, February 23
Round 2: Tuesday, February 27
Round 3: Wednesday, February 28
Round 4: Monday, March 5
Round 5: Thursday, March 8
Round 6: Monday, March 19
Round 7: Tuesday, March 20
Round 8: Wednesday, March 21

Preliminary Rounds are public, and all are encouraged to attend. The winner of each round will move on to compete in the 3MT Championship on Tuesday, April 10. 


The 2018 3MT Championship is being held during Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week on Tuesday, April 10 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm EST in Kresge Theater, CFA Building. The 3MT Championship is a public event, all are encouraged to attend. 


Students who compete in the 3MT Competition have a chance to win research/travel funds or technology.

The winner of each preliminary round will have the choice of either $1,000 towards research/travel needs or $1,000 credit to the University Computer store to be used at their discretion.

At the 3MT Championship, students will compete for several research/travel grants.

  • 1st Place: $3,000
  • 2nd Place:  $2,000
  • 3rd Place: $1,000

Additionally, there are prizes for audience votes:

  • People’s Choice Award, live vote by audience: $500
  • Alumni Choice Award, live-streamed vote by Alumni Association: $500

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?

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?

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 speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?

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?

Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation – was it clear, legible, and concise?