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Three Minute Thesis (3MTⓇ)

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by Higher Degree by Research candidates. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The challenge? To present their thesis to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes, with only one PowerPoint slide.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) challenges PhD and Masters students to crystallize their research discoveries into three minutes, with the use of only one Power Point slide!
Join us to find out more about ECU research and support the research students as they compete for a place in the ECU final.

2017 Competition Dates

Schools will be grouped for campus semi-finals at Joondalup and Mount Lawley. 10 students (5 from each campus) will compete in the ECU Grand Final during Research Week (18 - 23 September 2017).

Semi-Final Joondalup (Engineering, Sciences, Medical & Health Science, Nursing & Midwifery)
Tuesday, 5 September, 9.30 – 10.30am
Joondalup campus 7.103
Register to attend

Semi-Final Mount Lawley (Education, Arts & Humanities, Business & Law)
Wednesday, 6 September, 1.00-2.00pm
Mount Lawley campus 10.131
Register to attend

ECU 3MT Final as part of the ECU Research in a Nutshell
Friday, 22 September, 2.00 – 5.30pm
Joondalup campus 7.102
Register to attend

Comprehension & 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 & 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?

Participants must be:

Active PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone by the date of their first presentation are eligible to participate in 3MT competitions at all levels, including the Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition. This includes candidates whose thesis is under submission. Graduates are not eligible.

ECU Specific Eligibility:

Active Master by Research, pre-confirmation PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates are welcome to compete up to and including ECU finals.

  • 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 (eg. no poems, raps or songs).

ECU Final Prize Money

  • First Prize: $2000 and an all expenses paid trip to University of Queensland (UQ) to represent at ECU at the 2017 Asia-Pacific Competition.
  • Runner Up: $1250
  • Third prize: $750
  • People’s Choice award: $500

Asia - Pacific 3MT Prize Money

  • First Prize: $5000 research travel grant
  • Runner Up: $2000 research travel grant
  • People’s Choice: $1000 research travel grant

Register via this online form.

If you have any queries about 3MT please contact:

Graduate Research School
Sharon Smart, Project Officer
Phone: +61 8 6304 2802

"In a world where we are bombarded with information, 3MT is about learning skills, not just to communicate our research, but to actually engage people and make our research matter to them. It's about making other people feel a small measure of the passion that we have for our fields of research. It's also a fantastic opportunity to meet other researchers and learn about the amazing and inspiring things that are happening around Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, in the name of discovery.”

Catherine Properzi, ECU 3MT 2016 Winner
PhD Candidate, School of Medical and Health Sciences

YearWinner Second Place Third Place People's Choice

Catherine Properzi, School of Medical and Health Sciences

A fatty liver could break your heart

Julie Sartori, School of Medical and Health Sciences

Such is life!

Marcin Lipski, School of Medical and Health Sciences

All in one exercise


Albert Amankwaa, School of Business and Law

Albert Amankwaa, School of Business and Law

Leadership styles, employee turnover intentions and innovative work behaviour


Monique Garcia, School of Medical and Health Sciences

Idiopathic early onset scoliosis.

Sarah Booth, School of Education

Teaching our missing histories.

Angela Genoni, School of Medical and Health Sciences

The Paleo diet: Long term.

Monique Garcia

Philippa Vojnovic, School of Business

Managing mental health and suicide among fly-in/fly-out workers.

Tracey Cooke, WAAPA

Investigating the registers of the female voice.

Marcin Lipski, School of Exercise and Health Sciences

Easy eccentric exercise.

Lucy Hands, School of Education

Gifted education.


Sian Teague, School of Communications and Arts

Writing myself into wellness

L-A Shibish, School of Business

Indigenous tourism development in parks – What’s it’s place in joint management?

James Brooks, School of Psychology and Social Sciences

Video game expertise:Improving sustained attention and multi-tasking abilities.

Clinton Carpene, School of Computer and Security Science

Assessing methods for effective IPv6 host enumeration.


Kitty-Rose Foley, School of Exercise and Health Sciences

Transition from school to adulthood for young adults with Down syndrome.

Anna Urbanowicz, School of Exercise and Health Sciences

Communication: How do females with Rett syndrome perform this activity?

Gemma Foxall, School of Education

Pre-service teacher training methods.

Phillip Everall, WAAPA

Examining extended techniques for bass clarinet.


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

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