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Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

3MT

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition for doctoral students, originally developed by The University of Queensland. It challenges you to present a compelling oration on your thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes.

3MT develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills by challenging you to effectively explain your research in engaging, accessible language to a non-specialist audience.

Why enter?

  • Share your research with the wider Warwick community
  • The skills you’ll develop are essential on the job market, in lectures, conferences and many other contexts where you need to make an impact
  • Develop a snappy 3-minute video to use on your website or elsewhere

Interested? Here's how to enter..

To enter, you must be a current Warwick doctoral student, and must not have had your viva by the time of the final 7th June 2017.

The 3MT® competition is best suited to researchers in second year or above (or part-time equivalent) as they tend to have a more fully formed project, but first-year doctoral or MPhil/PhD students are also welcome to enter. Any questions, email us on pgresearchskills at warwick dot ac dot uk

IMPORTANT: You can find guidance on how to create your video and what makes an effective 3MT presentation via Moodle (click link then 'Enrol me').

Key dates:

  • Live final: 7th June 2017
  • Finalists must be available for the national final: 11th September 2017, Birmingham

Prizes

  • £500 research travel grant for overall winner
  • Chance to enter the national 3MT competition for overall winner
  • £150 cash for runner up
  • £50 Amazon voucher for The People's Choice award supported by Monash University

The process:

Stage 1: Read the rules. Then upload your own Three Minute Thesis video via the video submission page by 1st May 2017

This video won't be public, and it won't be judged for its technical quality: our judges will be looking for people who can communicate their research in an interesting, engaging and clear way.

Stage 2: Shortlisting. Our team of judges will select a shortlist, and if you are shortlisted you will go forward to the final on 7th June 2017. You don't need to do anything during this stage, except wait for news which will follow in mid-May.

Stage 3: Training. If you are shortlisted, you'll receive expert training during the latter half of May (15th May 2017) to help you polish your presentation for the live final.

Stage 4: SAVE THE DATE! The 3MT final, 7th June 2017. Finalists will present their Three Minute Thesis for a live audience of staff, students and guests in the Ramphal Lecture Theatre. All finalists will be videoed and these videos will be publicly available online after the event.

Post-event: The Warwick winner will be entered into the online national semi-final,7th July 2017. If selected for the national final, you will need to be available to travel to Birmingham for the evening of 11th September 2017. Travel costs will be covered.

What are the judges looking for?

Don’t submit your video without carefully reading the Rules of entry and Judging criteria

See how it's done:

Melissa Colloff reached the top six at the national 3MT Final

Advice and support

Research Poster Competition

  • Thursday 9 June from 1.15pm

Poster competition

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