The 3MT competition will teach you how to communicate effectively to specialists and non-specialists alike, preparing you to present your research at scholarly conferences and to take part in both academic and professional job markets.
The competition also promotes the value of doctoral research to a wider community and strengthens scholarly engagement and collaboration across the disciplines.
Eligible students must be active School of Graduate Studies Ph.D. candidates who have successfully passed their qualifying exams by the date of their first 3MT presentation.
Interested students are strongly encouraged to attend a 3MT information session as well as the 3MT preparation workshops*. Students will need to register for the competition online and participate in the preliminary round.
The top eight candidates from the preliminary rounds will advance to the final round of competition, which will take place on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village on Douglass Campus.
Top presenters will receive cash prizes:
- $500 for first place
- $250 for the runner-up
- $250 for the audience choice
The first place winner will be invited to compete in a regional 3MT competition hosted by the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS).
*Please note that 3MT Preparation workshops are not mandatory for interested participants. However, it is strongly recommended that students attend one of our workshops. Students that are not interested in 3MT but would like to further develop their scholarly presentation skills are welcome to attend either workshop.
Student presenters are permitted a single, static power point slide to enhance their presentation, and the slide cannot contain any sound or video files.
Presenters are strictly limited to three minutes of presentation time. No props of any kind are permitted, and notes cannot be used during the presentation.
Presentations must be spoken word and must commence from the stage. Presentations are considered to have commenced when the speaker starts the presentation through movement or speech.
The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
A panel of non-specialist judges will evaluate all student presentations.
Presentations will be evaluated based on comprehension, content, engagement, and communication.
STUDENT TESTIMONIALS3MT is a valuable experience for student participants. Past SGS students described their experiences stating:
"This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to express the complete research work in limited time to layman audience which otherwise I would have never thought of doing!"
"The condensed format really made me think carefully about what parts of my project are the most important. Putting together my presentation helped me refine my "elevator pitch" for conferences and interviews and it also helped me become a more concise speaker as I got a lot of practice editing out unnecessary phrases from my 3MT drafts."
"It helped me to organize my thoughts in a concise and logical manner, which was important for writing my full length thesis."
"It was both a unique experience and a challenging quest that uninhibited me to share my passion for all my work and my efforts."
3MT is a valuable experience for student participants. Past SGS students described their experiences stating