Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.
Want your research to change the world?... Try explaining it in just 3 minutes!
The Asia-Pacific Three minute Thesis Competition (3MT ®) is an annual competition where research candidates present their research topic in 3 minutes, using only one slide, to an audience of people who are mostly outside their discipline.
The 3MT competition is an excellent way to develop skills for communicating research ideas in ways which are precise, concise, engaging and accessible for people from various disciplines. It is an opportunity to bring your research to a broad audience, demonstrate your presentation skills, and win some great prizes.
See the University of Queensland's 3MT(c) page for more information and take a look at the 2017 3MT event.
I really want to be involved! What next?
- Registration for 2018 has now closed.
- If you have already registered for 2018 you can now attend a workshop and we will be in contact with you very soon to request your slide!
Information Sessions Announced!
As promised we have now scheduled 2 information sessions in May for those wishing to participate in 3MT® - please note these are open to all doctoral candidates so if you are interested in participating in following years you are more than welcome to attend.
Winning the 3MT – workshops
Are you thinking about entering the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition? We’ll be offering two online workshops to support you in developing and presenting your speech before the CSU heats in June. In the first we’ll discuss competition rules and explore what makes a successful 3MT presentation. In the second, we’ll provide an opportunity to practice and get further tips for engaging your audience and communicating your message clearly and concisely.
Join us online on Monday, 14 May and Monday, 28 May from 3.00-4.30pm.
Monday, 14 May, 3-4.30pm (1.5hrs)
Winning the 3MT - Part 1
You have three minutes to tell someone about your thesis! Are you prepared for 3MT? Explore ways to engage your audience and tell them about your research concisely and effectively.
Monday, 28 May, 3-4.30pm (1.5hrs)
Winning the 3MT - Part 2
Are you ready for the 3MT? Use this opportunity to practice your speech or discuss your ideas. Get feedback and suggestions for making a dynamic and engaging speech.
What does a winning presentation look like?
View some examples of previous 3MT winning presentations.
Candidates MUST have had their candidature confirmed/passed their endorsement of candidature milestone to be eligible to enter.
- One PowerPoint slide only (no animations or slide transitions allowed)
- No additional media are allowed (e.g. audio or video files, paper hand-outs)
- No additional props are allowed (e.g. costumes, instruments, tools or equipment)
- Presentations are strictly limited to 3 minutes maximum. Presentations over 3 minutes will be disqualified.
At every level of the competition each competitor will be assessed on the two judging criteria listed below. Please note that each criterion is equally weighted and has an emphasis on audience.
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 trivialise or generalise 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?
Judging criteria taken from the official 3MT(c) handbook.
Here is a testimonial from Cara Wilson, CSU’s 2017 3MT winner at CSU about what participation in the 3MT meant to her:
“As scientists, we traditionally speak at scientific conferences, in front of other scientists, about statistical facts and figures that scientists understand. But the public generally don’t attend these conferences, they don’t understand the jargon and they don’t find this kind of presentation interesting or engaging.
We have to change the way we communicate if we want the public to engage with, and trust our research. We have to be empathetic and engage with the public on an emotional level, and the 3MT teaches us to do just that.
The 3MT taught me to gather the most pertinent findings of my research and convey them concisely in a manner that an audience outside of my discipline want to listen to and can understand clearly.
I entered this competition just to have a go because I believed that the skills I would develop through participating would be of great benefit to me throughout my career. I have already experienced these benefits through disseminating my research through various media outlets and key stakeholders since the competition.
I strongly encourage all doctoral candidates to have a go at this competition. I never expected to go beyond the heats, let alone get to the final! You won’t regret entering and you will learn invaluable skills along the way.”
We look forward to your involvement in this exciting initiative, if you would like further information please contact CSU's 3MT organisers CSU3MT@csu.edu.au.
Congratulations to 2017's participants!
Congratulations to all participants in CSU’s 2017 Three Minute Thesis competition.
Winning the Judges’ Choice was Cara Wilson from the Faculty of Science/School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences and the Graham Centre. Cara went on to compete at the UQ final in Brisbane.
Cara’s presentation about her research on the waste caused by hydatid disease (Echinococcus granulosus) to the beef industry, which is part of her doctoral project Identification of risk factors and financial impact of hydatid disease (Echinococcus granulosus) on the Australian beef industry
Rao Shiwangni, Biomedical Sciences
Yuchi Chen, Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Natalie Thompson, Education
Toufique Soomro, Computing and Mathematics
Tracey Callinan, Communication and Creative Industries
Al-Humairi Ahmed, Dentistry
Helen Blake, Teacher Education
Cara Wilson, Animal and Veterinary Sciences