Three Minute Thesis

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

Hannah Thomas, PhD Candidate, School of Pharmacy and Medical Science, First Prize and People’s Choice winner of the 2017 UniSA 3MT Final

Division of Health Sciences 3MT® Competition

What is 3MT®?

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) was developed by The University of Queensland. It is an academic competition for research students, challenging them to present their research to a non-specialist audience, giving them the opportunity to practice their public engagement skills.

Who can take part?

Anyone who is active in a PhD (at any stage except provisional candidates, but including thesis under submission)

To see the rules of the competition, judging criteria and eligibility, please review the information here.

What is the format?

Participants present their research verbally in just three minutes with related content presented on just one PowerPoint slide. Heats and finals take place in each of the 4 Divisions. Those chosen from the Divisions go through to UniSA's Grand Final.

In their presentations, participants should explain:

  • What your research is about
  • How you intend to carry out your research
  • Why your research matters or/and who it affects

Why take part?

This event gives an opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills which are necessary within academia and outside, such as, presenting, speaking in front of a public, communicating complicated ideas and concepts in an understandable manner. It provides an opportunity to think creatively about how to communicate your research and to learn from the approaches of other participants.

Are there prizes involved?

  • The winners and runners-up of our Divisional Final will win Apple product prizes and everyone who takes part receives a certificate.
  • The Division finalists then perform their presentations at the Grand Final to a wide-ranging audience, including invited guests and alumni, to showcase the wide diversity of ground-breaking research taking place at UniSA.

The overall winner of the competition and the runner up will win substantial prizes. The audience also votes for its favorite presentation so that one finalist receives a People's Choice Award of an additional prize.

What did the previous 2017 winner think?

Hannah - 1st Place 2017Hannah said "Distilling years of research into just three minutes is a very difficult task but communicating this research to an audience beyond the academic world is essential. That's why this competition is so valuable for students. It builds important career skills and can lead to some exciting opportunities for research collaborations. The benefits last well beyond the competition".'

 

 

Division of Health Sciences 3MT® competitors

Check out the previous Division of Health Sciences 3MT® students

2018

2017

2016

 3MT® schedule for the Division of Health Sciences for 2018

Date Activity or Workshop name
Monday 23 April 2018 Nomination of HDR student competitors to the Division of Health SciencesSo, you’re up for the 3MT® challenge? Register to be involved here
City East  3 May 2018
2-4pm, P5-33

Mawson
Lakes
1 May 2018
2-4pm W2.16
Workshop 1: Defining the key elements of a great 3MT® presentation Registration is required for this session here This session will be facilitated by Dr Wendy Bastalich with the TIU’s Research Education Support Team. It is recommended that students attend all 3 sessions
City East 17 May 2018
2-4pm, P5-14
City West 25th May
H6-10
9-11am 
Mawson
Lakes
15 May 2018
2-4pm W2.16
Workshop 2: Receive feedback on your first draft of 3MT® Registration is required for this session here This session will be facilitated by Dr Wendy Bastalich with the TIU’s Research Education Support Team. It is recommended that students attend all 3 sessions.
City East 31 May 2018
10 and 2pm P5-14 
City West 8th June
H6-10
9-11am and 1-3pm
Mawson
Lakes
29 May 2018
10-12 GP2.39 2pm W2.16  
Workshop 3: First practice session of 3MT® Please register for this session here This session will be facilitated by Dr Wendy Bastalich with the TIU’s Research Education Support Team. It is recommended that students attend all 3 sessions
City East 28 June 2018
12-2pm, H2-02
Division of Health Sciences 3MT® Practice Session
City East 20 July 2018, 3pm H2-02 Division of Health Sciences 3MT® Final The Division’s top 3 competitors will compete for a spot at the University finals – come along and support our HDR students and vote for your favourite 3MT® presentation in the People’s Choice Award.
23 August 2018, 6-8pm  Allan Scott Auditorium, Hawke Building, City West UniSA 3MT® FinalsThe top HDR students from each Division at UniSA will compete for a place at the Asia-Pacific Finals to be held at the University of Queensland.
27 September 2018 Asia-Pacific Finals @ University of Queensland

For further information about the Division of Health Sciences 3MT®, please contact: HSC-HealthResearch@unisa.edu.au or phone 8302 1677.

<h6><em>In 2015, PhD candidate from the Division of Health Sciences, Mahmoud Bassal won the UniSA Finals and People’s Choice Awards for his 3MT entry.</em></h6>

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