Can you condense and refine your research project to quickly and succinctly explain it to your peers and the wider community? And can you do it in less than 180 seconds? The 3MT competition can teach you how!

Flinders University PhD students are invited to compete to promote their research, develop their communication skills, boost their career and be in the running to win the 2018 Asia-Pacific 3MT prize of a $5,000 research travel grant.

Flinders University students and staff, and members of the public are encouraged to attend the competition heats and finals, and support our students and their ground-breaking research.


 How to register

Register Here by 29 June 2018

For info or questions email dani.milos@flinders.edu.au


 Who can enter?

Students currently undertaking a PhD at any stage in their candidature. Graduates are not eligible.


 Competition structure

The 2018 competition is streamlined centrally with students presenting their research to cross-disciplinary peers.

The competition runs as follows:

  1. Registration: All competitors must register for the competition by 29 June 2018.
  2. Practice Sessions: Competitors are encouraged to attend practice sessions with Tiffany Knight. See below for where and when the practice sessions occur.
  3. First Round Heats: There are two heats, and students are divided to maintain an even mix of disciplines.
  4. Semi-Final: 16 winners (and up to four wildcards) from the First Round will compete for the top eight spots in the Final.
  5. University Final: 8 competitors give their presentations to celebrity judges, competing for the $2000 first prize ($1000 for runner-up, $500 for People's Choice).

 Prizes

Flinders University will award the prizes up to the University Final, and the winner for Flinders University will be in the running to win the 2018 Asia-Pacific 3MT prize of $5,000, held in Brisbane, Australia in September 2018.

Heat

Winner

Runner up

People’s choice

First Round Heats

$100

$50

 

Semi-Final

$250

$100

 

University Final

$2,000

$1,000

$500

2018 Asia-Pacific

$5,000 research travel grant

$2,000 research travel grant

$1,000 research travel grant

 


 Key dates

Date

Session

Location

Time

24 May 2018

Information Session

Alere Function Centre

1pm – 2pm

29 June 2018

Registration Deadline

10 July 2018

First Round: Heat 1

HSLTC Lecture Theatre 1.01

11am – 1pm

11 July 2018

First Round: Heat 2

HSLTC Lecture Theatre 1.01

10am – 12noon

1 August 2018

Semi-final

HSLTC 1.01

1pm – 3pm

31 August 2018

University Final

HSLTC 1.01

2.30pm – 5pm

 


 Rules and judging criteria

  • 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 (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

There are 3 judging criteria through which each three minute thesis presentation will be judged:

  1. Communication style: was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience?
  2. Comprehension: did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  3. Engagement: did the oration make the audience want to know more?

Each judge will score contestants on a numerical scale designed around the above criteria.

 


 Training and practice sessions

For first-hand 3MT experience, training and to register for the practice sessions, please contact tiffany.knight@flinders.edu.au

Date

Session

Location

Time

7 June 2018

Practice Session

HSLTC Lecture Theatre 1.01

2.30pm – 5pm

12 June 2018

Practice Session

HSLTC Lecture Theatre 1.01

10am – 12.30pm

21 June 2018

Practice Session

HSLTC Lecture Theatre 1.01

9:30 – 11:30am

21 June 2018

Practice Session

HSLTC Lecture Theatre 1.01

2.30pm – 5pm

28 June 2018

Practice Session

HSLTC Lecture Theatre 1.01

2.30pm – 5pm

6 July 2018

Practice Session

HSLTC Lecture Theatre 1.01

10am – 12pm

9 July 2018

Practice Session

HSLTC Lecture Theatre 1.01

9:30 – 11:30am

26 July 2018

Practice Session

HSLTC Lecture Theatre 1.01

10am – 12pm

22 August

Practice Session

HSLTC Lecture Theatre 1.01

2pm – 4pm

28 August

Practice Session

HSLTC Lecture Theatre 1.01

12pm – 2pm

 


 Testimonials

"I really enjoyed every stage of the 3MT competition which significantly enhanced my confidence and public engagement skills. Although it was quite challenging to concise the whole PhD in only three minutes, it was a fantastic addition to my postgraduate studies and opened a new perspective to communicate the nitty gritty of my research to a wide audience.”
Ayla Oran, Medicine (2017 University Final Winner)

 

 

 “I entered the 3MT competition because I believe that undertaking research is only one aspect of a PhD – we also need to be able to communicate for it to have an impact. Talking on a stage about my work really pushed me outside of my comfort zone. It helped me to become more comfortable with public speaking, to engage with the audience and, importantly, how to be concise and clear when discussing technical aspects of my work. I would recommend it highly to all researchers.”
Sarah Marshall, Environment (2017 People’s Choice Winner)

 

“Participating in the 3 Minute Thesis has been one of the highlights of my PhD. The 3MT training sessions were a fun, relaxed opportunity to experiment with ideas and get a fresh perspective on my research. I discovered that I was part of a community of passionate scholars who were all doing amazing work in their respective fields. Condensing my research down to three minutes and finding engaging ways to explain its value to a non-specialist audience helped me to clarify my thinking and re-connect with my data in a new way. As this year’s trainer, I’m really excited to share what I’ve learned with you. So, I hope you’ll consider giving it a go.”
Tiffany Knight, Drama (2017 Runner-up Finalist)

 


 

 

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