Cardiff University 3 Minute Thesis

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Cardiff University 3 Minute Thesis

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition

(L-R: 2016 Cardiff winners Simon Lamb, Andrew Ryan Marks, Amy Codd)

An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present; would you be able to explain yours in just 3 minutes?

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland. It challenges postgraduate research students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. The rules are simple but strictly enforced: competitors are allowed to use one static PowerPoint slide, but no other resources or props, and have no more than three minutes in which to present.

Our next 3MT® competition will run on 8 June 2017. Active PhD students and Professional Doctorate candidates who have successfully passed their conformation milestone (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of the competition are invited to take part.

The winner of the Cardiff heat will proceed to the regional semi-final, which will take place virtually. Six finalists will then be selected to perform live at the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference during the gala dinner on Monday 11 September 2017.

Why participate?

3MT® provides a valuable opportunity for researchers to come together, get to know one another and talk about their research. By participating in the event, you will develop your academic, presentation and research communication skills in a supportive environment, including the ability to effectively explain your research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

If successful, you will go on to represent the University at the regional and potentially national finals. These provide an excellent networking and professional development opportunity. Previous 3MT® finalists have benefited from invitations to a variety of other networking events following their participation in the competition.

Awards will also be on offer at the Cardiff heat:

Winner – £200

Runner-up – £100

Third Place – £50

People’s Choice – £50

How to apply

If you are interested in taking part in this year’s competition, please express your interest using this form. Detailed information about the rules and the criteria that the judges will use to assess the presentations can be found below, along with tips on creating a slide and presenting.

Information for Entrants

Tips on presenting at 3MT®

Tips on producing a slide for 3MT®