If you are interested in competing in the 3MT competition below are some Frequently Asked Questions that will help you get started.
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a skills development activity that challenges Research Higher Degree students to explain their research project to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes.
Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum. Competitors exceeding three minutes will be disqualified.
One single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. In preparing the slide, remember that 'less is more'. It does not have to include text. Visual cues are very effective in assisting the presenter's explanation of their research (however, no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any kind can be used).
No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) is permitted during a 3MT presentation.
No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted during a 3MT presentation.
Yes, palm cards and/or speech notes are acceptable, however this option may detract from the delivery of the 3MT and is not recommended.
Yes, quotes can be included from a poem or song if it is relevant to the presenter's thesis topic. Poetry and song lyrics are not permitted to be used to present the entire 3MT and their use should be very limited.
The School of Graduate Studies will be able to assist you and answer any additional 3MT questions that you may have. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3MT® resources on this website have been generously provided by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.