We’re pleased to announce that 3MT 2016 (3 Minute Thesis) has launched and we are now recruiting contestants. 3MT is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia for research students. It offers the opportunity for you to develop your academic, presentation and research communication skills. It also encourages you to distil your research interests into language that is appropriate to a non-specialist audience. And if not incentive enough, there is also the possibility of winning a £1000 travel and research grant as first prize as well as going on to take part in the UK-wide competition.
How it works
Postgraduate (PhD and MPhil) researchers present their research verbally in just 3 minutes with related contents on one PowerPoint slide. The winner of the finals will win a £1000 travel and research grant, as well as the opportunity to take part in a national 3MT competition. The runner up will receive a £500 travel and research grant and there will also be a People’s Choice Award. All heats will be held in the Gilchrist seminar room, at the back of the Gilchrist PG Club in the main University Building (walk past the booths at the end), starting at 2pm. The dates for the heats are:
- Science and Engineering: Monday 7th March 2016
- Arts: Tuesday 8th March 2016
- MVLS: Wednesday 9th March 2016
- Social Sciences: Friday 11th March 2016
To get a flavour of what’s expected, watch Felicity Hayball’s winning presentation of 2015:
On signing up, please ensure that you will be available on 18th March for the Grand Final as we cannot reschedule this, i.e., if you make it through the heats and cannot attend the Grand Final on 18th March 2016, you cannot win the competition.
Sign up via Eventbrite to enter and pay attention to selecting the date which corresponds to your college. Students from any year group can get involved, it’s never too early and no topic is too obscure or too difficult! If you don’t know your presentation title yet, please add a working title and this can be updated closer to the event date.
Good luck with preparations. We’ll hold an info event at the Gilchrist PG club Seminar Room on Tuesday 9th February at 2pm, featuring winners from previous years. Come along to this for tips and advice, without committing yourself to signing up!