Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition
An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present. Their time limit...3 minutes.
This Fall 2017, FAU's Graduate College hosts the University's second annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition. This exciting opportunity is open to any active, enrolled FAU graduate student in good academic standing with the University. This competition provides all participants with a unique and invaluable professional development experience and championship winners are awarded graduate student research scholarships and awards up to $2,500, with the possibility to win up to $5,500 to support one's graduate student research.
Apply to compete at the Fall 2017 FAU 3MT® Competition!
Note: Application closes September 1, 2017.
Volunteer opportunities are available in a variety of areas.
Check back soon for more announcements.
Congratulations 2016 3MT® Championship Winners!
Congratulations to the inaugural 3MT® Championship winner, Mickelene Hoggard, whose research is titled, "Snail Spit to Medicine." Mickelene is a doctoral candidate in chemistry from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.
Download the 3MT® Championship program booklet.
Watch FAU's interview with inaugural 3MT® Champion, Mickelene Hoggard.
What is 3MT®?
The 3MT® competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
The first 3MT® competition was held at the University of Queensland in 2008 with 160 students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT® competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Since 2011, the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT® competitions are now held in over 170 universities across more than 18 countries worldwide.
2016 FAU 3MT® Three Minute Thesis Championship Winner
Skills development for research candidates
The exercise develops academic, presentation and research communication skills, while developing research candidates’ ability to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
Building a research culture in schools and institutes
3MT® provides a valuable opportunity for research higher degree candidates to come together, get to know one another, and talk about their research. It also provides a supportive environment in which schools and institutes can provide presentation skills training.
Building external relations for the University
3MT® winners may go on to represent FAU at national and international 3MT® competitions, which provides an excellent networking and professional development opportunity. Previous 3MT® finalists have benefited from invitations to a variety of other networking events following their participation in the competition.
At both the Heats and Championship, competitors will be judged on the criteria listed below. Judges can download the 3MT® Judging and Coaching Handbook here.
Comprehension and Content
Engagement and Communication
Tools for Students
We are seeking coaches! Faculty, staff, and other professionals who would be willing to serve as an individual or group coach and has experience with public speaking and mentoring students. You are welcome to nominate coaches as well. Download the 3MT® Coaching and Judging Handbook.
FAU’s 3MT® event will greatly benefit from your help. Volunteer opportunities are available in a variety of areas, including event day logistics during Preliminary Heats and the Final Competition.
*Each audience member gets one vote by paper ballot
Additional scholarships and prizes may become available depending upon sponsorships.
The championship winner will receive a paid trip to compete in the regional 3MT® Competition in Annapolis, Maryland. Other prizes may become available at the heats and championship.
2017 3MT® Championship
Date: Friday, October 27, 2017
Time: Event begins at 6:00 p.m. (arrive by 5:45 p.m.), followed by a reception.
Location: Boca Raton campus, TBA
3MT® Preliminary Heats
Preliminary Heats are tentatively scheduled to take place October 2-6, 2017. Official event dates, times, and locations to be announced.
The Heat Winner, First Runner-Up, and People's Choice Winners advance to Championship.
*Dates and times subject to change.
Workshops and Coaching
Stay tuned for upcoming workshops and coaching sessions! See some of the workshops which may be offered for the Fall 2017 3MT® Competition.
Interested in participating in workshops and coaching sessions for the 3MT® Competition? See the listing of workshops available below.
3MT® Stage Presence Workshops
Preparation. Presentation. Performance. Learn how to draw in an audience with clear communication of complicated ideas, physical presence, and timing. These workshops are not sequential, the same topics will be covered at each session. Presented by Lead with Your Voice.
Introduction to the 3MT® Competition
An overview of the 3MT® Competition, including deadlines, rules, judging criteria, and tips on how to succeed.
How to Create a 3MT® Static Slide
What should you include on your single static PowerPoint slide? Learn about developing your static slide and more!
Additional workshops to be added! Please contact email@example.com, or speak with your advisor, if you are interested in individual coaching.
The Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.