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Three Minute Thesis

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia for research students.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia for research students. 3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

The 2023 Three-Minute Thesis Competition will take place on April 4, 5 and 6 at the Claire T. Carney Library. The details are below:

 

Undergrad Prelim: TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2023, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Robert F. Stoico/FirstFed Charitable Foundation Grand Reading Room

Graduate Prelim: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2023, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Robert F. Stoico/FirstFed Charitable Foundation Grand Reading Room

Finale: THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2023, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Robert F. Stoico/FirstFed Charitable Foundation Grand Reading Room

 

***Registration form for undergrads- due March 27, 2023 by 5 pm via e-mail to our@umassd.edu

***Registration form for grads- due March 27, 2023 by 5 pm via e-mail to apgradstudies@umassd.edu

 

Participate in the Office of Undergraduate Research's Three Minute Thesis competition

  • 1st prize: $1,000
  • 2nd prize: $500
  • 3rd prize: $250
  • "People's Choice Award": $250

Rules

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed. 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 either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Judging

At every level of the competition each competitor will be judged on several criteria. Judges use a standard 3MT Judging Sheet. Each criterion is equally weighted and has an emphasis on audience. 

More information for Undergraduate Participants

More information for Graduate Participants

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