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One thesis. Three minutes. Two cash prizes.
On February 26, 2021, the Marquette University Graduate School will host its fourth annual Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT®). This is a valuable opportunity for Marquette graduate students to practice their presentation skills, especially being able to pitch an involved research project in three minutes or less.
What is 3MT?
The Three Minute Thesis is a global research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland in Australia. The competition is open to all master’s and doctoral students enrolled in a program that contains an original research project. The degree program need not formally require a thesis or dissertation, but the presentation topic must cover the original research project.
Contestants will be judged by a panel of judges for a preliminary round (in mid-February) and finalists will be judged at the virtual 3MT event on Friday, February 26 by a panel of judges made of up scholars and leaders from the community.
Learn more about 3MT
Eligibility, Participation and Prizes
- Students must be enrolled at Marquette University during the spring semester of 2021 in a doctoral or master's thesis program.
- A student’s program of study must contain an original research project. The degree program need not formally require a thesis or dissertation, however the presentation topic must cover the original research project.
- Prize winners from previous competitions are not eligible to compete.
- Registered participants must compete in one preliminary qualifying round.
- Eight to ten finalists will be chosen by the judges to compete in the final round.
Two prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges.
- First Place: $500 cash award
- Runner-up: $250 cash award
The 3MT® first place recipient will move on to represent Marquette University at the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools 3MT® regional competition held virtually March 24-26, 2021. The runner-up will be selected to compete if the first place winner is unable to compete.
- 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.
Prep, Practice and Present: Key Dates
Preliminary Qualifying Round Dates
When: Held in mid- February. Sides due on Friday, February 19th. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Participants will compete in one preliminary qualifying round. Judges will provide written feedback to each participant. Eight to ten finalists will be chosen by the judges to compete in the 3MT final round.
When: February 26, 2021 virtually. All finalist videos will be posted online.