First Annual 3MT Competition

The Graduate School hosted its first annual “Three Minute Thesis” competition Tuesday, March 18th,  2014. (Watch the videos) In this competition, students have three minutes to present their thesis or dissertation research. This competition is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.

In this competition, students are allowed one single PowerPoint slide, are not permitted to any electronic media (sound/video files), are not able to use props, and must not exceed three minutes in their presentation. If they go over by 1 second, they are disqualified. To participate in this competition, students had to be currently enrolled masters or doctoral students at Miami University.

 Students are judged on three main criteria: communication style, comprehension and engagement. For communication style,  students were evaluated on their use of appropriate language. For the comprehension criterion to be met the presentation had to help the audience understand the research. Finally, engagement was rated highly if the presentation made the audience interested and want to know more about the topic.

After three preliminary rounds were conducted, ten finalist presented on March 18th. Amber Siebenaler, a doctoral student in Microbiology, received first place and $750 for her presentation, “Climate change in Antarctica. What are the potential implications?” She also received the people’s choice award and $250. The second place winner was Michael Denton, a doctoral student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education, who received $500 for his presentation, “HIV as Affect: The Subjectivity of Gay College Men Living with HIV.