Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland which challenges research higher degree students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
"Participating in the 3MT competition has been an incredibly valuable experience, one that has changed the way that I think about my PhD. I was forced to consider the social and economic impacts of my research, and how our lives might be improved as a result.
Seeing the bigger picture gave me new purpose and motivation for all those late nights in the lab."
UQ & Trans-Tasman 3MT Winner, 2011
"As you progress through your PhD, you really do get lost in the intricate details of your studies and experiments, and you start to lose sight of the bigger picture.
Participating in the 3MT gave me, not only the opportunity to consolidate my ideas and showcase my research, but to gain external feedback and support. The knowledge that so many people resonate with my research has really motivated me, and I continue with a newly acquired confidence that my research is addressing an important issue."
UQ 3MT Winner, 2013
"Anytime I go into a job interview in the future I have the best parts of my PhD, the real essence of it, wrapped up in an explanation that even non-specialists can understand. That will be a definite advantage."
University of Western Sydney
Trans-Tasman 3MT Winner 2012
"I was surprised just how many people were actually interested in my research and approached me after my 3MT.
I found that my family and friends, whom I usually spare from the details of my daily research, were genuinely interested in what I do after listening to me practice my talk or after hearing the presentation on ABC Radio."
UQ 3MT People's Choice Winner, 2009
"The main reason I took part in the Three Minute Thesis Competition was to tell a wide audience about my research.
The fact is that not everyone reads scientific publications, and I feel that as a researcher I have a responsibility to the general public to communicate with them what I do, and what I discover."
UQ 3MT Runner-up, 2010
"I knew participating in 3MT would force me to express my research ideas in a clear and concise way which everyone could understand.
I would strongly encourage other research students to participate in 3MT. If early career researchers do not possess the skills to present their research in a clear and engaging way, our message, and the implications of our research, could be lost."
UQ 3MT Runner-up and People's Choice, 2011
"It was a fun experience and a great opportunity to refine the central points of my dissertation. It was also a great opportunity to publicise my research."
UQ 3MT Winner, 2009
"It is easy to underestimate Australia's research; people should know that cutting-edge research is conducted in this country."
UQ 3MT Winner, 2012
"It forced me to think about the big picture, truly define what I do, and how to explain this to others, simply and succinctly."
UQ 3MT Finalist, 2010
"3MT was a good opportunity for me to improve my public speaking skills. It also feels great to know that others are interested in my research work.
Now I can tell my family and friends or anyone who is interested in my work what my PhD is about in 3 minutes."
UQ 3MT Winner & People's Choice, 2010
"My supervisor actually pushed me to participate as I wasn't very confident with giving presentations.
I found the 3MT competition fantastic as it made me think about how to present my work in a fun and interesting way and in a very short amount of time."
Dr Ashley Wilkinson
UQ 3MT Runner-up, 2008
"I am not surprised by the rapid growth of the Three Minute Thesis Competition. The benefits for competitors are simply too good to pass up.
Incredible networking opportunities, improved self-confidence, prize money... how can you not get involved?"
Dr David MacDonald
UQ 3MT Runner-up, 2009
"I am the only one in my family to do a research higher degree at uni. I kept picturing I was talking to mum and dad.
They would lose interest very quickly if I got too technical. I give people some understanding and try to get them up to speed. Then they can walk away feeling they have learned something."
Dr Michael Imelfort
UQ 3MT Winner & People's Choice, 2008
An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present.
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