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Three Minute Thesis 3MT®

An 80,000 word PhD would take 9 hours to present

You have 3 minutes. 

About the competition

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, and celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students in Australia and around the world.

Do you think you could present your entire PhD thesis to a general audience in just 3 minutes?

Beginning in 2008, the first 3MT® competition was held at UQ with 160 Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates competing.

Just one year later in 2009, the 3MT® competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew.

Now, 3MT® is held in over 900 universities across more than 80 countries worldwide.

3MT FINALS WILL BE HELD IN A VIRTUAL FORMAT

As a result of the current COVID-19 restrictions, The University of Queensland (UQ) has moved the 2020 Asia Pacific Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition to a virtual format. Competitors will be required to enter via a pre-recorded video submission.

UQ also require that the Monash final be judged by pre-recorded video submission in order to ensure consistency and avoid disadvantages that might occur as a result of technical issues in a live feed.

Why participate?

  • Develop your academic, presentation and research communication skills
  • Develop your ability to effectively explain your research in language appropriate to a general audience
  • Great professional development opportunity - participants receive two graduate education hours towards the MDP Professional Development requirement
  • Celebrate your research and raise your public profile
  • Have the chance to win great prizes, and the chance to represent Monash at national and international 3MT virtual competitions

Thank you to the Monash Graduate Association (MGA) for their generous support once again this year, with both faculty rounds and Monash final prizes.

CompetitionPlacePrize
Monash Final - VirtualWinner- $5000
- Represent Monash at virtual Asia Pacific Final
Runner Up$2000
MGA People's Choice Award$500
Asia Pacific Final - VirtualWinner$5000
Runner Up$2000
People's Choice$1000

Virtual Rules and Eligibility

Virtual Rules

  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through speech (timing does not include the 3MT title slide and commences from when the competitor starts speaking, not the start of the video).
  • Videos must meet the following criteria:
    • Filmed on the horizontal;
    • Filmed on a plain background;
    • Filmed from a static position;
    • Filmed from one camera angle;
    • Contain a 3MT title slide;
    • Contain a 3MT PowerPoint slide (top right corner/right side/cut to)
  • A single static slide is permitted in the presentation (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description). This can be visible continuously, or ‘cut to’ (as many times as you like) for a maximum of 1 minute or submitted via email if not included in the presentation.
  • The 3 minute audio must be continuous – no sound edits or breaks.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment and animated backgrounds) are permitted within the recording.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted within the video recording.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
  • Submissions via video format (only video link provided to Event Coordinators). Files sent in other formats will not be accepted.
  • Entries submitted for final adjudication to Wildcard or University Final are to be submitted from the School/ Faculty/Institute 3MT Event Coordinator. Competitors should not submit their videos directly to 3MT.
  • Please note: competitors *will not* be judged on video/ recording quality or editing capabilities (optional inclusions). Judging will focus on the presentation, ability to communicate research to a non-specialist audience, and 3MT PowerPoint slide.

    Please note: After each competition round competitors have the option to either submit their current presentation or rerecord and submit a new presentation for entry into the next round.

Eligibility

  • Active PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of their first presentation are eligible to participate in 3MT competitions at all levels, including the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition.
  • Graduates are not eligible.
  • Professional Doctorate (Research) (program composed of at least 2/3 research) funded via the Research Training Program are not eligible
  • Masters (Mphil and coursework) are not eligible
  • Professional Doctorate (coursework) are not eligible

Useful Links

3MT® Virtual Competition Site

3MT® Virtual Rules

3MT® Virtual Competitor Guide

Key dates 2020

Please note; As a result of the current COVID-19 restrictions, The University of Queensland (UQ) has moved the 2020 Asia Pacific Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition to a virtual format. Competitors will be required to enter via a pre-recorded video submission.

UQ also require that the Monash final be judged by pre-recorded video submission.

MarchRegistrations open
April - May - JuneFaculty rounds
16 JulyWildcard nominations due
21 JulyWildcard winner announced
18 AugustMonash University Virtual Final
1 OctoberAsia-Pacific Virtual Final

If you have any questions please contact the Monash Graduate Research Office

Contact

The 3MT® at Monash University is delivered by the Monash Graduate Research Office.

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