University of Georgia Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland.

The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of students' capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.

Doctoral students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their dissertation topic and its significance. 3MT™ is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research but forces students to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries.

2012 Results | 2013 Results | 2014 Results

Registration & Dates

Check back for 2015 3MT registration information and deadline dates.

Eligibility

Currently enrolled doctoral students at the University of Georgia will be eligible to participate in 3MT™. Graduates and master's students are not eligible.

Prizes

  • Winner: $1,000
  • Runner-up: $750
  • People's Choice: $500

Rules

  • a single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description)
  • no additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted
  • no additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted
  • presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum, and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified
  • the decision of the judging panel is final

Judging Criteria

  • Communication style: was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience?
  • Comprehension: did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  • Engagement: did the presentation make the audience want to know more?

Other U.S. schools with 3MT competitions

Emory Universirty Purdue University University of Alabama
Auburn University UMass Dartmouth Florida International University
University of Kentucky Mississippi State University New York University
University of North Carolina University of North Florida Oklahoma State University
University of Oregon Texas A&M University Vanderbilt University
University of Virginia

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3MT 2014 Results

Congratulations to the finalists and winners in the Third Annual 3MT Competition at the University of Georgia.

  • Winner: Elizabeth Lowry, Genetics, A selfish chromosome breaks the laws of genetics
  • Runner-up: Brittany Whipple, Educational Psychology, Leadership in children's peer groups
  • People's choice: Christine Ewers-Saucedo, Genetics, Tales of males: The unlikely success story of tiny males

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3MT 2013 Results

Congratulations to the finalists and winners in the Second Annual 3MT Competition at the University of Georgia.

  • Winner: Virginia Schutte, Changes in habitat structure affect ecosystems
  • Runner-up: Kristy Segal, Amphibian Health in Costa Rican Rice Fields
  • People's choice: Melissa M. Miller, Sustainable Control of Gastrointestinal Parasites in Cattle. How do we kill these suckers?

2013 3MT Finalists (first row from L to R): UGA Grad Studies Dean Maureen Grasso, Melissa M. Miller (Infectious Diseases), Virginia Schutte (Odum School of Ecology), Kristy Segal (Odum School of Ecology), Heather Rudolph (Math & Science Education), Ahmed Alhusban (Clinical & Administrative Pharmacy), (second row from L to R): Sau Wai Hung (Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences), Jessica D. Stephens (Plant Biology), Lisa Rohde (Educational Psychology), Eunbae Lee (Career & Information Studies), Jay Agarwal (Chemistry)

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3MT 2012 Results

Congratulations to the finalists and winners in the inaugural 3MT Competition at the University of Georgia.

  • Winner: April L. Conway, Conservation of the Pygmy Hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis) in Sierra Leone, West Africa
  • Runner-up: Elizabeth Gleim, The Effects of Long-term Prescribed Burning on Tick and Tick-borne Pathogen Dynamics
  • People's choice: Samarchith P. Kurup, Improving Immunity to Trypanosoma Cruzi

2012 3MT Finalists (from L to R): UGA Grad Studies Dean Maureen Grasso, Fei Zhao (Physiology & Pharmacology), Rongrong Liu (International Affairs), Tonia A. Dousay (Educational Psychology & Instructional Technology), Valerie E. Cadet (Infectious Diseases), Karen Gerow (Educational Psychology & Instructional Technology), Samarchith P. Kurup (Cellular Biology), Cheri M. Abraham (Entomology), Aaron F. Brantly (International Affairs), April L. Conway (Forestry & Natural Resources), Elizabeth Gleim (Forestry & Natural Resources)

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Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

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