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3MT Competition

3MT logoThe Three Minute Thesis (3MT)™ is an academic Competition developed by the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, for all HDR Candidates.

The first 3MT Competition was held at University of Queensland in 2008 with a total of 160 HDR Candidates competing. In 2009 the 3MT Competition became a Trans-Tasman event.  Enthusiasm for the 3MT concept and its adoption in numerous universities led to the expansion of this competition. This year the Australia & New Zealand 3MT Competition will be held at University of Western Australia on Thursday 29th September 2011.

A Macquarie University representative will be chosen during Learning and Teaching Week. The Macquarie University 3MT Competition Finals will be held on Monday 19th September, 3.30-5.30pm, in Y3A Theatre 1. Register to attend the 3MT now.

Preparing for 3MT Competition screen shot of Barlaka Banerjee's video on YouTube

Macquarie University 3MT Competition Finals will be following the same presentation format as the Australia & New Zealand 3MT Competition. This format is as follows:

Presentation Format

Competitors have three minutes to give an engaging and dynamic talk on their thesis topic, and its significance, in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.

The talk should engage the audience without reducing the research to entertainment value only. As such, the competition does not trivialise or "dumb-down" research.

Eligibility, Rules and Judging Guidelines

Macquarie University will be following the same eligibility, rules and judging guidelines of the Australia & New Zealand 2011, 3MT Competition, hosted by University of Western Australia. These eligibility, rules and judging guidelines are as follows:

Eligibility

The Competition is open to all HDR Candidates in any university in Australia, New Zealand or the South Pacific.
HDR Candidates must be enrolled at the time of entry, but may still compete if they submit their thesis for examination prior to the conclusion of the Competition.

Each faculty will be holding heats during the coming months and the 8 winners of those heats will compete in the finals to be held during Learning and Teaching Week on Monday 19th September, 3.30-5.30pm, in Y3A Theatre 1.

Judging criteria

Presentations will be judged on the basis of three criteria:

1. Communication style: was the thesis topic and significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience? For example

  • did the title of the talk give a clear picture of the topic and its importance?
  • were all technical or specialist words clearly explained for a non-specialist audience?
  • was the communication style clear enough so that any intelligent person could now sum up the topic and its significance?

2. Comprehension: did the presentation help the audience to understand the research? For example

  • did the speaker deliver their presentation at an appropriate pace?
  • was there a storyline that helped the audience understand the research problem, its importance and how the research would or did address that problem?
  • did the PowerPoint slide help the audience better understand the topic and its significance?

3. Engagement: did the oration make the audience want to know more? For example

  • did the speaker engage the audience with eye contact?
  • did the speaker engage interest in the problem being researched?
  • Would you now like to join this research for further discussion about their work?

Prizes for the Australia & New Zealand 2011, 3MT Competition

  1. $5,000 research travel grant for the winner
  2. $2,000 research travel grant for the runner-up
  3. $1,000 research travel grant people's choice award

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