Created at the University of Queensland (Australia), 3MT® provides graduate students the opportunity to develop their professional presentation and research communication skills. The objective of the event is to distill projects into an engaging three-minute presentation designed for a general (non-specialist) audience using just one slide.
If you have any questions about the 3 Minute Thesis Competition, please contact the Graduate School: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Expected to be strong: African Women and Mental Health Resources"
M.Ed. Higher Education Student Affairs
"Leaving the Nest: Challenging Authority-Bound Thinking in Teaching Diversity"
“Cultivating Musculoskeletal Health in Farmworkers: How Video-Based Education Can Improve Access and Learning”
D.P.T. Physical Therapy
Watch all presentations from the 2018 - Three Minute Thesis competition.
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 scholarship to be credited to their student account. Second-place and People's Choice winners will each receive a $250 scholarship. The first-place winner will represent WCU at the Council of Southern Graduate Schools regional competition on February 14-16, 2019 Knoxville, TN (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.