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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.

Watch our past finalists on our YouTube 3MT playlist.

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).

School Semi-Finals Prizes

  • Winner: $250
  • Runner Up: $150
  • Third place: $100

ECU Final Prize Money

  • First Prize: $1500 and an all expenses paid trip to University of Queensland (UQ) to represent at ECU at the 2017 Asia-Pacific Competition.
  • Runner Up: $1000
  • Third prize: $500
  • People’s Choice award: $250

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
Email: s.smart@ecu.edu.au
Phone: +61 8 6304 2802

YearWinner Second Place Third Place People's Choice
2017

Amelia Roscoe, School of Education

Children’s perspectives of childhood.

Russell Thom, School of Arts and Humanities

Complex Wheelchair Seating.

Georgios Mavropalias, School of Medical & Health Sciences

The Eccentric Pill.

Georgios Mavropalias, School of Medical & Health Sciences

The Eccentric Pill.

2016

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.

2015

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, School of Medical and Health Sciences

Idiopathic early onset scoliosis.

2014

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.

2013

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.

2012

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.

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