Western Carolina University
Three Minute Thesis Competition
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Noon-1:00pm
University Center Theater
Registration Deadline: October 20, 2017
What is a 3MT® competition?
Created at the University of Queensland (Australia), 3MT® provides graduate students the opportunity to develop their professional presentation and research communication skills. The objective of the event is to distill projects into an engaging three-minute presentation designed for a general (non-specialist) audience using just one slide.
Who is eligible to participate?
All WCU graduate students can participate, whether in a residential or distance program.
My program does not require a thesis. Can I still participate?
Yes! All types of professional projects are appropriate topics for a 3MT® presentation—business plans, meta-analyses (watch an example), literature reviews, and original research.
I am a first-year Master’s student and my project is not very fully developed. Can
Yes! Preliminary data can be presented in a 3MT® competition. After all, you are presenting for only three minutes. You can provide limited data in that amount of time; just be sure to inform your audience how this data highlights future research. (Watch an example of a 3MT® winner presenting preliminary research.)
Why should I participate?
3MT® will help you hone an important skill needed as a graduate student and professional. The ability to distill complex information into a short speech with high impact for a lay audience is a valuable skill for all aspects of one’s life.
If that is not reason enough, how about this? The top winner in WCU’s competition will receive a $500 scholarship to be credited to their student account. Second-place and People's Choice winners will each receive a $250 scholarship. The first-place winner will represent WCU at the Council of Southern Graduate Schools regional competition on February 22-25, 2018 at the University of Arkansas (expenses paid).
Do you have any tips for a good presentation?
YouTube has examples of good 3MT® presentations. An effective presentation tells the audience why the research is important, and it hooks the audience early. A metaphor or comparison is also useful for the audience. Be sure to tell the audience what your research reveals, but do not bog them down in the minutia. The Graduate School will provide coaching for students. You can learn more about 3MT® here: http://threeminutethesis.org.
Here are some example presentations related to subject/discipline that might inspire you to participate.
|Communication Sciences and Disorders||Education||Physical Therapy||Social Work|
|Communication Sciences and Disorders||Education (preliminary research)||Physical Therapy|
|Counseling||Health Sciences/Nutrition||Public Administration|
What are the rules?
How are the presentations judged?
Comprehension & Content
Engagement & Communication
Lena Robertson - School Administration
Changing Our School Culture...One Habit at a Time
Tiffany Harrop - Psychology
Problematic Behavior: Correlates of Psychological and Physiological Measures
Mitra Shabani Samghabady – Engineering Technology
Mathematical Modeling of Brain Cancer
Le Chen - Technology
SPR Data Estimation with Particle Swarm Optimization
Martha Davis – Psychology
Exploring How Love and Sex are Defined in Adulthood: Conversations with Women about Romantic Relationships
A Lifting of Graphs to 3-Uniform Hypergraphs, its Generalization, and Further Investigation of Hypergraph Ramsey Numbers
Kyle Richardson – Psychology
Sexist Humor Diminishes Women's Social Influence
Sabrina Teeter – Psychology
The Moderating Effect of Anti-Gay Humor on the Existence of the Rebound Effect
Kayla Tadsen – Health Sciences
A Systematic Review of How Telemedicine Can Increase Public Health Outcomes While Simultaneously Reducing Health Care Costs
We thank Dr. Kathleen Brennan, Department Head of Anthropology and Sociology, who served as the 3MT “Coach” for this competition.
We thank Professor Jack Sholder and his students, Scotlan Sturrock and Shyris Gamble in the Film and Television Program, for filming and editing the 3MT competition.