Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition that challenges master's and Ph.D. students to describe their research topic and its significance in just 3 minutes to a general audience.
3MT seeks to enhance the profile of graduate students both within university communities and the wider community. 3MT develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. 3MT is not designed to trivialize or "dumb-down" research, but rather encourage students to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries.
Students are allowed to use one static slide, and no additional transitions, animation, video, or props. Presentations are all spoken word, and exclude songs and theatrical performances.
Psychology: Examining Different Reasons Why People Accept or Reject Scientific Claims
History: "Fortune Will Favour the Brave": Irish Women Come to America 1845 - 1870
Kinesiology and Recreation: Swimmers, Posture, and Shoulder Pain
Special Education: Measuring the Longitudinal Communication Growth of Learners Who are Deafblind
Theatre: Without Blue: Maori Storytelling and Color
Nursing: Comparing the effectiveness of complementary interventions on Persistent Pain and Comfort in Elder Residents
Chemistry: Alkyne Combustion: Experimental and Computational Studies of HCO Formation
English: Body Composition: Reading, Writing, and Resisting Weight Loss Autobiography as Biopolitical Pedagogy
Theatre: Costume Design: Balancing History and Our Story
Kinesiology and Recreation: Cupping Goes GOLD
First place: $1,000
Second place: $750
People's choice: $1,000
The first place winner will be entered in the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools competition in April. In the event the first place winner is unable to attend, the second place winner will attend. Prizes are taxable.
3MT was developed by the University of Queensland (UQ) and has spread to over 18 countries and 200 universities worldwide. UQ owns the rights to the program and branding of the logo while providing extensive resources to host local competitions. In the United States 3MT is fast growing and has expanded to regional competitions (eg. Midwest Association of Graduate Schools) and potentially to a national competition at the annual Council of Graduate Schools meeting. UQ has expanded their Australian competition to the Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition to include Australia, New Zealand, and a select number of Asian institutions. For more information: http://threeminutethesis.org