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UNT students challenged to present years of research in just three minutes at 3MT

3MT Winners Fall 2019


What: The University of North Texas' 3MT®, or Three Minute Thesis, competition. UNT doctoral students will each have three minutes to summarize their research methods and results of their dissertations, and discuss the significance of the results. First place, runner up and people's choice winners will receive cash prizes.

When: Preliminaries on October 19 and 20 

Where: Zoom

Cost: Free

Contact: Vesta Stacy in UNT's Toulouse Graduate School at 940-565-2088 or email 3MT@unt.edu

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Many University of North Texas doctoral students write dissertations that are 100 pages or longer. But here, UNT doctoral students will each have three minutes to explain his or her research in the hope of winning cash prizes, during the Toulouse Graduate School's Three Minute Thesis, or 3MT®, competition.

In addition to giving a three-minute oration, each student may use one PowerPoint slide to effectively explain the research methodology, major findings and relevance of the research to a general audience.

"This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn how to present research without using technical language," said Joseph Oppong, associate dean of research and professional development for the Toulouse Graduate School. "Three Minute Thesis is not dumbing down the research, but is challenging students to consolidate their discoveries and present them with credibility."

The judges at UNT's competition will grade the students based on comprehension and content of their presentation and their engagement with the audience and stage presence. The first place winner will receive $1,000, with the runner up receiving $500. The audience will choose the people's choice winner, who will receive $250, and the first and second place winners will also be eligible for this award.

The student receiving first place will represent UNT at the 3MT® competition at the annual conference of the Southern Council of Graduate Schools Universities from 15 states in addition to Texas are council members. The conference's 3MT® competition will consist preliminary rounds before the final round.

The first 3MT® competition was held at the University of Queensland in 2008. The competitions are now held at more than 200 universities around the world, including nearly 40 universities in the U.S.

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U.S. News and World Report lists UNT online education program among best in the nation

DENTON (UNT) Texas—U.S News and World Report has named the University of North Texas College of Education online graduate education program one of the best in the nation. UNT was ranked No.16 out of 275 schools listed. The program rose from a No.124 ranking last year.

“This is exciting news! Our faculty has always been committed to providing quality programs that meet the needs of students across the nation, state and North Texas area,” said Bertina Combes, interim dean of the College of Education. “Our program allows people to attain advanced degrees, while still living and working in their communities.”

The UNT College of Education offers seven online master’s-level programs in addition to online certificate programs in educational psychology and teacher education and administration. Some are accelerated programs that allow students to graduate with both a bachelor’s and a master’s in five years. The online educational psychology master’s degrees offer concentrations in autism intervention, educational diagnostician, gifted and talented, and research and evaluation. In teacher education and administration, concentrations include curriculum and instruction, educational leadership and teaching.

For this year’s list, UNT was ranked in five general categories—student engagement, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, faculty credentials, and training and peer reputation.

For more information about the Educational Psychology program, contact, Karen Goss at 940-369-8048 or Karen.goss@unt.edu. For more information about the Teacher Education and Administration program, contact Marilyn Deuble at Marilyn.deuble@unt.edu or 940-565-2942.

Other USNWR rankings for UNT this year include:

No. 33 – Master’s degree in Criminal Justice (graduate)

No.  55 – Master of Business Administration degree

No.  68 – Bachelor’s online programs

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