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.
The 3MT finals will be held Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 6:00 pm, at the Normal Theater. College winners will be due to the Graduate School by Monday, January 27, 2020.
First place: $750
Second place: $500
People's choice: $750
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.
Any current Illinois State master's or doctoral student is eligible. Competitors must submit an advisor consent form. Graduates are not eligible to compete.
Each college selects a winner(s). Colleges have the choice to run their own heats or nominate students. For information about your college's competition, contact your college research coordinator:
College of Applied Science and Technology: Cara Rabe-Hemp cerabe@IllinoisState.edu
College of Arts and Sciences: Joseph Blaney jrblane@IllinoisState.edu
College of Education: Barbara Meyer bbmeyer@IllinoisState.edu
Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts: Sara Semonis ssemoni@IllinoisState.edu
Mennonite College of Nursing: Mary Dyck mjdyck@IllinoisState.edu
Ten finalists will compete at the Normal Theater on Thursday, February 20, 2020. For information about the university wide competition, contact Dana Davidson at email@example.com.
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.
Learn more at ThreeMinuteThesis.org.
Milner Library has video recording equipment available to record your 3MT presentation.
Making the Most of Your 3 Minutes , Simon Clews from the University of Melbourne Writing Centre.