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Three Minute Thesis (3MT™)
The ECU 3MT Final took place on Tuesday, 17 September 2013. Nine Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students and eight Honours students were successful in reaching the ECU Finals, showcasing some of the incredible research projects being undertaken by our research students. HDR winner Sian Teague, PhD student in the School of Communications and Arts will represent ECU at the Trans-Tasman 3MT Competition at the University of Western Sydney on 18 October.
Sian’s research looks at how memoir writing can help people overcome their experiences of trauma.
"Writing my own memoir really helped me deal with some of the trauma I had suffered so I’m looking at how it could be useful for other people who have had traumatic experiences."
Natalie Barker, also from the School of Communications and Arts won ECU’s inaugural 3MT Honours competition, with her research on "The psychological wellbeing toolkit: Applications from positive psychology explored in creative nonfiction."
About the 3MT
Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition where Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students have three minutes to explain their research and its significance to an intelligent but non-specialist audience with the use of one presentation slide. 3MT provides a unique opportunity to profile and celebrate the innovative research conducted by research students at ECU and from around the world.
The exercise develops skills students will need when pitching to government and industry, as well as in explaining their research to their friends and families. 3MT is not an exercise in trivialising or 'dumbing-down' research, but challenges candidates to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely.
3MT 2013 Trans-Tasman Competition Final
Date: Friday, 18 October 2013
Venue: University of Western Sydney, Parramatta Campus
The event and each presentation will be filmed and UWS will stream each live (audio/video) on their website.
Why do it?
- Develop professional skills in public speaking, communication and networking in a supportive environment
- Improve your ability to explain your research topic in accessible terms to a lay audience
- Have fun, win prizes and generate public and media interest in what you do
- Build research culture in Schools and Faculties
- Translating research into 'everyday' speak is an important skill. The Graduate Research School provides research training workshops for all participants
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.
Eligibility for Trans-Tasman 3MT Competition
- Active PhD or Master by Research students (thesis under submission, no graduates)
- The ECU Finalist must be available to represent ECU at the Competition Grand Final.
- A single static presentation slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description)
- 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
- The decision of the judging panel is final
- Communication style: was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience?
- Comprehension: did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
- Engagement: Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
The first 3MT was held at UQ in 2008. Since its inception the Three Minute Thesis has experienced significant growth, with 43 universities from Australia and New Zealand now participating. The 3MT concept has been adopted internationally with competitions now being held in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Vietnam. ECU joined the competition in 2010.