Three Minute Thesis Competition 2012
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) was developed by The University of Queensland in an effort to advance the communication skills of research higher degree students (PhD and MPhil).
Since its inception in 2008, the competition has grown to an international event with 43 universities participating in the Trans-Tasman finals in 2011 and universities in the US, UK, Canada and Hong Kong holding their regional competitions.
Each student has three minutes to present their research and its significance in a compelling oration to an intelligent, but non-specialist audience, with only one static PowerPoint slide to back up their speech. This exercise not only develops the students’ presentation and research communication skills, but also forces them to critically think about the core element of their research project and its importance for the broader community.
Students go through several rounds of competition, from School to Faculty to University level, with the winner of each round moving on to the next level. Last year, Dr Rumal Jayalatha, an MD studying for her MPhil degree at University of Queensland Diamantina Institute (UQDI), was successful in both the UQDI competition and the Combined Institute Final, which earned her a place in the University of Queensland Final. You can see Rumal's presentation from the 2011 competition here.
This year, about a dozen UQDI research higher degree students will compete for the honour of representing UQDI at the Combined Institute Final against competitors from the Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, the Queensland Brain Institute and the Sustainable Minerals Institute. And who knows, one of them might even go all the way to the Trans-Tasman Final!
If you would like to cheer for our students, please see the following 3MT Competition and Final dates below:
UQ Diamantina Institute 3MT Competition
Friday 3rd of August 2012, 3pm
Jian Zhou Forum, level 5, R-Wing
Combined Institute 3MT Final
Friday 17th of August 2012, 2:30pm
Russell Strong Auditorium, PAH