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
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.