More information about 3 Minute Thesis can be found on The University of Queensland's website (here). Check out this article in The Scientist Magazine (here) to learn more about the development of the 3MT competition and its adaption in the United States.
- The project must include specific objectives or investigative questions and a project design or plan for implementation
- Data or information must be collected, analyzed, and findings reported (preliminary findings are acceptable)
- Preliminary conclusions must be drawn from the project and broader impact discussed
Doctoral: Doctoral students must be in the post-preliminary examination phase of their program. The student's research must be at a stage where the findings/preliminary findings, conclusions/preliminary conclusions, and a broader impact can be discussed.
The UTHealth School of Public Health 3MT competition is open to all master's and doctoral students who meet the eligibility criteria at all campuses. Students must use a research project experienced during their current program of study. Please note that the 3MT competition is not a replacement for the proposal defense and final presentation or defense required of students as part of their degree.
Rules & Regulations
- A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or “movement” of any description are allowed. The slide will be presented from the beginning of the oration
- No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted
- No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted
- Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified
- Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps, or songs)
- Presentations are to commence from the stage/indicated platform
- Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech
- The decision of the adjudicating panel is final
- Houston campus (preliminary competition)
- Students will present in front of a live panel of judges
- Austin, Brownsville, El Paso, Dallas, San Antonio campuses (preliminary competition)
- Students will present to a panel of judges both in-person and via ITV
- At least one judge and timekeeper/moderator will be present with the student at the campus location
- The final competition will be held on the Houston campus
- If a finalist is from a regional campus, they will be supported in traveling to Houston to participate in the final competition
Separate preliminary rounds will be held for master’s and doctoral students. Competitors will be judged by a panel of not less than three judges. Each judge scores competitors on a scale of 1 to 7 in each of the three categories below. Brief verbal constructive feedback will be given by panelists to each preliminary competitor. Three to five top-scoring competitors from each category (master’s and doctoral) will be selected to participate in the final competition.
Final competition competitors will be judged by a panel of three to five judges made up of senior faculty, distinguished guests, and graduate students from various disciplines. Each judge scores competitors on a scale of 1 to 7 in each of the three categories below. Once presentations conclude, the judges’ scores are combined and the student with the highest average score is declared the Winner for their division. The competitor with the second highest score is declared the Runner-up for their division. Additionally, the audience casts their own ballots to select a winner for the People’s Choice Award for each competition category (master’s and doctoral).
Competitors will be judged on the following criteria:
Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
Was the topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience?
An example Judging Rubric for the preliminary competition is available here!
Development Sessions for Interested Students (optional for participants)
Three development session are held prior to the preliminary competition as an opportunity for students to:
- Learn about 3MT and the local competition
- Work with Writing Services staff and fellow students to draft their concept
- Participate in think-pair-share activities
Preliminary Competition (required for participants)
The preliminary competition will be held over two days. Students identify preferred time slots for both days while completing their registration. Students will be assigned one day and time slot to participate in the preliminary competition. For the preliminary competition,
- Students present in front of a diverse panel of faculty judges
- Participants will receive immediate feedback
- Regional campus participants will present via ITV and will have at least one faculty panelist in the room at their campus
- 3-5 top-scoring participants from each division will move forward to the final competition
Final Competition (required for participants)
The final competition will showcase the top-scoring master's and doctoral students. For the final competition,
- Finalists will present in front of a diverse and distinguished panel of judges
- Members of the community are welcome to attend
- A Winnner (based on scores), Runner-up (based on scores) and People's Choice (based on audience votes) finalist will be selected for each division (master's/doctoral)
- Finalists from regional campuses will be provided with a travel stipend enabling them to participate in the final competition at the Houston campus
Regional 3MT Competition -Conference of Southern Graduate Schools
The division Winner (either master's or doctoral) with the highest total score will be invited to represent UTHealth School of Public Health at the regional 3MT competition through the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools. More information about the upcoming Conference of Southern Graduate Schools is available on their website (here).
Prize earnings will post to the student’s myUTH account in the form of a scholarship. If the student has an outstanding balance, the scholarship will be applied towards that balance. Any remaining funds from the scholarship will then be credited to the student’s billing account.