Three Minute Thesis
Engage in some fun with other graduate students at UVic and acquire extremely valuable skills along the way.
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland which challenges master’s and doctoral students to present a compelling oration of their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. The challenge is to present complex research material in an engaging, compelling way, using only one static PowerPoint slide.
The skills developed while preparing for and competing in 3MT® are important for your growth as a professional. During job interviews, networking with colleagues and conversations with family and friends, you will often be in situations where you are asked to describe your research, and its larger importance to a non-specialist. Being able to balance complexity and depth with clarity and concision, 3MT® hones skills that will benefit you in your future professional career.
3MT® also provides an excellent opportunity for showcasing your research across disciplines and with the general public. The event will be advertised widely and participants will benefit from sharing insights on their research with a diverse audience.
Through the 3MT experience I was able to share my research with the community. In doing so, I learned to think of my research from new perspectives and the positive support I received from the audience has motivated me even further to pursue this research. -Samantha Harder, Runner-up and People's Choice, 2014
- Students at any stage of their graduate program can participate in 3MT.
- Participants must be registered in a Master's (thesis or project-based) or PhD program in the Spring (Jan-April) term of the competition.
- 3MT® presentations must be directly related to your graduate program research.
- Presenters must agree to be video-taped.
- Presenters must be available to present, in person, on the day of their heat. To advance in the competition, heat winners must also be available to present, in person, at the next stage of the competition. If a winner is unable to attend, the runner-up will proceed to the next round of the competition in his/her place.
Confidentiality and Intellectual Property considerations:
The 3MT® competition is open to the public at large. Any data or information discussed should be considered public. Judges and staff involved in the competition will not be required to sign non-disclosure statements.
If your research is being conducted in conjunction with an outside agency, we advise you to investigate the potential for any confidentiality or intellectual property issues and discuss your participation in the competition with your supervisor(s) prior to registering for the 3MT® competition.
If your research includes any confidential or culturally sensitive material, we advise that you discuss your entry in the competition with your supervisor(s) prior to registering for the 3MT®competition.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the following presentations for those interested in the Three Minute Thesis competition
Tactics and Strategies for 3MT
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 11:00 a.m., Clearihue Building Rm C109
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 2:00 p.m., Cornett Building Rm B145
Presentation Skills for 3MT
Other resources to assist you in preparing for the competition:
- Making the Most of Your Three Minutes (pdf) Simon Clews, Director, Writing Centre, University of Melbourne
- Junk the Jargon University of Manchester
- Tips for the 3 Minute Thesis Competition - Garret Richards
- How to win the 3 Minute Thesis - Dr. Inger Mewburn
- How to sell your thesis in 3 minutes (or less) - short blog by Dr. Inger Mewburn
- UVic finalists videos
- Videos of 3MT winners from around the globe
- The top presenter in each competition heat will receive $300
- The 2nd place presenter in each Faculty heat will receive $200
- The top presenter across the university will receive $1500
- The second place finisher will receive $1000
The audience at the finals will vote to select a People's Choice winner, who will receive $500.
Prizes have been generously donated by the following:
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Fine Arts
Faculty of Human & Social Development
Faculty of Law
Division of Medical Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Science