First Place: $500 Tuition Award for the Spring 2021 term AND $500 Cash
Second Place: $250 Tuition Award for the Spring 2021 term AND $250 Cash
People's Choice: $250 Tuition Award for the Spring 2021 term AND $250 Cash
Cash awards provided by the Graduate Student Association
"Restoring the Roan: How Red Spruce Responds to Forest Canopy Openings at Roan Mountain NC"
"Social & Emotional Learning in Elementary School Morning Meetings"
Created at the University of Queensland (Australia), THE 3MT® competition provides graduate students the opportunity to develop their professional presentation and research communication skills. Students do not have to be completing a thesis in order to participate.
This is an opportunity to showcase your graduate thesis, disquisition, project or business plan in a three-minute presentation geared to a general audience using only one slide. Even projects in a preliminary stage can be presented in a three-minute format.
If you have any questions about the 3 Minute Thesis Competition, please contact the Graduate School: email@example.com.
All WCU graduate students can participate, whether in a residential or distance program.
Yes! All types of professional projects are appropriate topics for a 3MT® presentation—business plans, meta-analyses (watch an example), literature reviews, and original research.
Yes! Preliminary data can be presented in a 3MT® competition. After all, you are presenting for only three minutes. You can provide limited data in that amount of time; just be sure to inform your audience how this data highlights future research. (Watch an example of a 3MT® winner presenting preliminary research.)
3MT® will help you hone an important skill needed as a graduate student and professional. The ability to distill complex information into a short speech with high impact for a lay audience is a valuable skill for all aspects of one’s life.
If that is not reason enough, how about this? The top winner in WCU’s competition will receive a $500 tuition award to be credited to their student account. Second-place and People's Choice winners will each receive a $250 tuition award. The first-place winner will represent WCU at the Council of Southern Graduate Schools regional competition on March 5-7, 2020 in Birmingham, AL (expenses paid).
YouTube has examples of good 3MT® presentations. An effective presentation tells the audience why the research is important, and it hooks the audience early. A metaphor or comparison is also useful for the audience. Be sure to tell the audience what your research reveals, but do not bog them down in the minutia. The Graduate School will provide coaching for students. You can learn more about 3MT® here: http://threeminutethesis.org.
Here are some example presentations related to subject/discipline that might inspire you to participate.
YouTube has examples of good 3MT® presentations. An effective presentation tells the audience why the research is important, and it hooks the audience early. A metaphor or comparison is also useful for the audience. Be sure to tell the audience what your research reveals, but do not bog them down in the minutia. Faculty advisors/sponsors often serve as a coaching resource, but if you desire additional coaching assistance, please contact the Graduate School.
First Place, Kevin Jenson, M.A. English
"How Russian Rhetoric Predicted the Trump Presidency"
Second Place: Molly Gooden, M.S. Biology"
The Fitness Consequences of Parenting Styles in Carolina Chickadees (Poecile carolinensis)"
First Place: Roslyn Gowens, M.ED. HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT AFFAIRS
"Expected to be strong: African Women and Mental Health Resources"
Second Place: Sophia Calhoun, M.ED. HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT AFFAIRS
"Leaving the Nest: Challenging Authority-Bound Thinking in Teaching Diversity"
First Place: Maci Lequire - MA, English
"WRONGS make REBELS:" Caroline Norton's Feminist Rhetoric in "A Letter to the Queen..."
Runner Up: Mary Jessamine Michaels - MS, Biology
The DUKES of Biohazard: Detecting UnKnown Evidentiary Samples
People's Choice: Sarah Britton - MS, Biology
Indirect effects of house wrens on reproductive behavior of Carolina chickadees