July 4, 2014, by Graham Kendall

3 Minute Thesis Competition

This post was contributed by Tissa Chandesa

Fancy hearing an 80,000 word thesis explained in less than 180 seconds?

Research students from across the globe are doing just that in preparation for the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®).

Established by the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008, 3MT is now held in universities around the globe.

3MT contestant must condense their research into a brief, engaging presentation for a non-specialist audience, using a single presentation slide. The aim is to help research students develop their academic, presentation, and research communication skills

PrintUNMC will hold its 3MT competition as part of the Graduate School Welcome Week, during the last week of September 2014. Active PhD students who have successfully passed their first year confirmation review milestone (including thesis under submission) are eligible to participate. Graduates are not eligible, sadly.

The University of Nottingham winner will have the opportunity to go forward and participant in the prestigious Universitas 21 3MT competition taking place in October 2014 (which has a significant travel prize).

A preparatory event and training session to help participants develop their 3MT presentation will be held on Wednesday 3 September 2014. Several peer review feedback sessions will be organised within two weeks leading up to the main event. During these peer review feedback sessions, participants will have the opportunity to practice their 3 minute presentation and be given feedback on elements they can improve on.

In the meantime if you’d like to gain a greater understanding of the 3MT competition, please visit the Three Minute Thesis website: http://www.threeminutethesis.org. To view examples of winning presentations from other universities that host the competition, please visit 3MT Showcase: http://threeminutethesis.org/3mt-showcase

More information comprising dates and times will be confirmed in August 2014.

To register your interest, please click on the following link:


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