Three Minute Thesis Competition
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic research communication competition originally developed by the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. The goal of the competition is for students to verbally summarize their master's thesis or doctoral dissertation research in a compelling way to a non-specialist audience in 3 minutes or less.
WHAT: Competition to verbally summarize your master's thesis or doctoral dissertation research in a compelling way to a non-specialist audience in 3 minutes or less. This year our campus competition will be held virtually. Participants will submit a pre-recorded video 3 minutes or less in duration and will attend our March 11th Virtual 3MT Competition via Zoom where the recordings will be played for a campus-wide audience and the winner will be announced.
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Thursday, March 3, by midnight
DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING VIDEO PRESENTATION: Sunday, March 6, by midnight
INTERNAL COMPETITION EVENT (VIRTUAL): Friday, March 11, noon - 1 pm
- Share your work with the greater university community.
- Develop academic, presentation, and research communication skills.
- Each competitor will receive a $30 Amazon gift card.
- The campus winner will receive an additional $200 Amazon gift card and go on to compete at the in-person Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools regional competition in Milwaukee, WI in April.
- Must be a currently enrolled UM-Dearborn master's or doctoral level student Winter 2022 term. Must have recently completed or be working on a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation.
- Presentations are limited to 3 minutes and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
- Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through speech (timing does not include the 3MT title slide and commences from when the competitor starts speaking, not the start of the video).
- Videos must meet the following criteria:
- Filmed on the horizontal;
- Filmed on a plain background;
- Filmed from a static position;
- Filmed from one camera angle;
- Contain a 3MT title slide;
- Contain a 3MT PowerPoint slide (top right corner/right side/cut to)
- A single static slide is permitted in the presentation (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description). This can be visible continuously, or ‘cut to’ (as many times as you like) for a maximum of 1 minute or submitted via email if not included in the presentation.
- The 3 minute audio must be continuous – no sound edits or breaks.
- No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment and animated backgrounds) are permitted within the recording.
- Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
- No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted within the video recording.
- The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
- Submissions should be in video format (only video link provided to Event Coordinator). Files sent in other formats will not be accepted.
Please note: competitors *will not* be judged on video/ recording quality or editing capabilities. Judging will focus on the presentation, ability to communicate research to a non-specialist audience, and 3MT PowerPoint slide.
Please note: The next round, MAGS regional competition, will be an in-person event with similar judging criteria.
Comprehension and content
- Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance to the research question being addressed, while explaining terminology and avoiding jargon?
- Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?
- Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
- Was the thesis topic, research significance, results/impact and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
- 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?
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?
Congratulations to the 2022 Three Minute Thesis Competition Winner: Katie Smith!
Program of Study: Psychology (MS)
3MT Competition Title: Parent and Child Adaption to COVID-19
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Caleb Siefert
Full competitor list: Aishwary Pawar, Kais Riani, Srikanth Kolachalama, Mansi Girdhar, Rachel Routin, Ruslan Akhmedagaev, Megha Datta, Amanda Langolf, Alicia Forsythe
Congratulations to the 2021 Three Minute Thesis Competition Winner: Charlie Giraud!
Program of Study: Psychology (MS)
3MT Competition Title: Discrimination, Concealment, & Multiple Minority Status within LGBTQ+ Populations
Thesis/Dissertation Adviser: Dr. Michelle Leonard
Full competitor list: Bowen Zhang, Mrinal Jha, Hyunjae Park, Hyunjoo Park, Ruslan Akhmedagaev, Joyce Kuribayashi, Charlie Giraud, Gabrielle Alter, Sally Thrasher, JaLeshea Ligon
2020 Three Minute Thesis Competition Contestants
Participants: Azeem Hafeez, Faisal Binzagr, Aishwary Pawar, Lindsey Bookman, Malak Nasser, and Angela Tiemeyer.
Winner: Malak Nasser - "Engineering Tumor Microenvironments for Drug Screening"
Check out last year's video for our 2020 Three Minute Thesis Competition!
2019 Three Minute Thesis Competition Contestants
Participants: Azeem Hafeez, Linyan Xiang, Meigui Yu, Paige Tiedeman, Safa Sankari, Ava Selke, Jay Sands, Christin DeWit, Marissa Mills, Selena Suttner
Winner: Christin DeWit - "Treatment Related Stress in Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder"
Check out this video from our 2019 competition.
2018 Three Minute Thesis Competition Contestants
Participants: Mallory Stankovich, Christian Hessler, Ankush Bhandarkar, Chazlyn Miller, Samah Altairi, Saurabh Mali, Linyan Xiang
Winner: Chazlyn Miller - "Understanding Perceptions of and Reactions to Sexual Assault"
2017 Three Minute Thesis Competition Contestants
Participants: Omid Avatefipour, John Kelly Villota Pismag, Devon Kardel, Monish Urapakam Ramakrishnan
Winner: Devon Kardel - "Mindfully Managing Life Experiences Together"
2016 Three Minute Thesis Competition Contestants
Participants: Julie Altesleben, Katie Blasko, Corey Bryant, Samantha Cook, Jacqueline Fritts, Nevrus Kaja, Wiem Mkaouer, Hanzhang Wang
Winner: Nevrus Kaja - "A Trust Model in Cloud Computing"