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Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition returns for 2011

Friday, 03 June 2011


The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition is back by popular demand this year, as part of the exciting program of events for 2011 Research Week. PhD, Professional Doctorate and Masters by Research students will once again battle it out to explain their research in a clear, concise and compelling way in just three minutes.

The Faculty of Business and Law is calling for strong participation from its research students this year, and with great prizes up for grabs, there’s never been a better reason to share research with the rest of ECU. Last year research student Jalleh Sharafizad from the School of Management came third in the ECU finals, and won herself a $500 travel grant. This year, the ECU winner will be rewarded with a $1500 travel voucher and the chance to represent ECU at the Australia and New Zealand Grand Final in September. 

To participate, students must prepare an engaging response to either:

  • So, how’s your thesis going?


  • What are you researching?

On the day, this must be presented in under three minutes. No props or electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are allowed other than a single PowerPoint slide, and entrants will be judged on their use of language, the quality of their public speaking, and the level of creativity in the presentation.

As well as being in the running for great prizes, those who participate can expect to develop their academic, presentation and research communication skills; help to build research culture at all levels of the university; and create better on-campus and community understanding of the variety and value of research at ECU.

More information

Who can enter?

Anyone who:

  • Is active in a PhD with proposal/thesis underway or under submission; or
  • Is active in a Masters by Research program with proposal/thesis underway or under submission; or
  • Is an active Professional Doctorate candidate in a course with at least two thirds research in order to qualify

All entrants must consent to appearing in photographs and videos of the competition, which ECU will use to promote its research culture.

The ECU Finalist must be available to represent ECU at UWA on Thursday 29 September.

How do you enter?

Register your expression of interest before Wednesday 29 June 2011 by completing this online form. You will receive further information including a PowerPoint template, examples of previous presentations, dates and times for practice rehearsals and much more.

Timeline of events

School Heats 

Competitors may progress directly to a School Final depending on number of registrations.

Week commencing Monday 1 August 2011

School Finals

Competitors may progress directly to a School Final depending on number of registrations.

Week commencing Monday 8 August 2011

Faculty Finals

Monday 15 August 2011

ECU Final

Thursday 18 August 2011

Australia and New Zealand Grand Final

Thursday 29 September 2011

For further information, contact the Graduate Research School.

Project Officer
Sharon Smart
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2802


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