Congratulations to the winners of the First 3MT® Competition at Texas State University. The competition was held at Texas State on Monday, March 31, 2014.
The winners shown here with Dr. Golato, Dean of the Graduate College, are (L-R) William Barry, Adam Mathews, and Kanika Verma.
First Place Winner – William Barry. Mr. Barry is a doctoral student in Developmental Education. The title of his presentation was “Writing and technology: The effects of experimental instruction in first-year college courses”. The first place award was $500.
Runner-up - Adam Mathews. Mr. Mathews is working on his doctoral degree in Geographic Information Science. The title of his presentation was “Vineyard surveillance: Using drone technology to aid crop management”. This award was $350.
People’s Choice – Kanika Verma. Ms Verma is a doctoral student in Geographic Education. The title of her presentation was “Geospatial thinking of undergraduate students in the U.S.”. The People’s Choice award was $250.
What is 3MT®?
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ). Doctoral students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their research and its significance. 3MT® is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research, but challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.
The first 3MT® was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 students competing. Enthusiasm for the 3MT® concept grew and it has now been adopted by numerous universities in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, and the United States. The Texas State University Graduate College is excited about providing our students the opportunity to participate in the first annual 3MT® Competition held at our university.
Why is it called the three minute thesis?
The research product of doctoral students in Australia is referred to as a thesis. In the United States we call the document a dissertation. The concept applies equally to doctoral research regardless of what the final document is called. Imagine hearing an 80,000 word dissertation explained in less than 180 seconds? 3MT® contestants must do just that by condensing their research into a brief, engaging presentation for a non-specialist audience, using a single presentation slide.
The 3MT® Competition helps doctoral students develop academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Accept the challenge to distill your dissertation research into a three minute presentation that is understandable to individuals outside of your field and participate in the 2014 Texas State University 3MT® Competition.
The Texas State University 3MT® Competition
Graduate students currently enrolled in a Texas State University research doctoral program are eligible to compete. Students in Master’s and professional graduate programs are not eligible.
At every level of the competition each competitor will be assessed on the three judging criteria listed below. Please note that each criterion is equally weighted and has an emphasis on audience.
How the Competition Works
There are several levels of competition including:
Each doctoral program will hold a Program Heat. There is no limit to the number of doctoral students competing at this level. The Program Heat judging panel will select the First Place Winner and Runner-up. The audience will vote to select the People’s Choice winner. These three student winners will advance to the next level of the competition. Program Heats were held in February, 2014.
University Final Competition
Each program may send up to two winners from the Discipline Competition to compete in the University Final Competition. The University Final judging panel will select the First Place Winner and Runner-up. The audience will vote to select the People’s Choice winner. The University Final Competition was held March 31, 2014.