Ulster's first Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition: An average PhD thesis would take 9 hours to present: their time limit is 3 minutes!
The Doctoral College is delighted that Ulster University will be running the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition for the first time. 3MT® is an academic competition that challenges PhD Researchers to describe their research and its significance, in non-specialist language to a general audience, in just three minutes. The prize for the overall winner is £750 with prizes for the runner up and all finalists, as well as a People’s Choice Award.
The 3MT Final will take place on Wednesday 6 June 2018, 5.30pm hosted at the Magee campus. The overall winner of the Ulster competition will then go through to the semi-final of the 2018 Vitae 3MT national competition (online), with the chance to be selected for the UK Final!
Ulster 3MT® Final - hosted on the Magee campus (filmed)
6 June 2018, 5.30pm
Semi Final of National 3MT Competition (video to be submitted, held online)
Final of Vitae 2018 National Competition
17 September 2018
Vitae Conference, Birmingham
Winner of Ulster 3MT: £750
Runner Up: £250
Finalists: £50 Amazon Voucher
The People’s Choice Award: Trophy
- A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed. The slide is to 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.
- 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.
Comprehension and content
- Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
- Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
- Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
- Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
- Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
- Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?
Engagement and communication
- Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
- Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?
- Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
- Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
- Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
- Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?
For further information and queries about the 3MT competition please contact: Lisa Thompson, Doctoral Development Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org / 02890 368963.