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Three Minute Thesis competitors summarise 80,000 words in just 180 seconds!

Monday, 26 August 2019


Discover the research being conducted by ECU’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master by Research students at the ECU 2019 Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT). Twenty students will battle to get through to the final, where ten students will compete to be crowned as the ECU 3MT champion.

In this fast-paced competition, contestants have only three minutes and one PowerPoint to talk about their research. Their challenge – communicate the essence of their thesis without jargon to win over the judges and audience.

Making the latest thinking and research outcomes accessible to the public is an important part of a researchers’ work. Research communication is a vital professional skill that students are expected to demonstrate at all stages of their research journey. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), 3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills.

The presentations will be judged on the comprehensive understanding of the research background and significance, proper language use and pace to non-specialist audience, enthusiasm, sufficient body language, eye contact and clear, legible and concise PowerPoint slide.

Be inspired by the latest postgraduate research topics ranging from mental health, criminology and gender equity to piano sonatas, birdsong and music, environmental science, global health, food security, machine learning and computer vision and solar water treatment.

Come along to the heats and finals to support the competitors and vote for your favourite presentation in the People’s Choice Award.

The finalists will be announced early September.

Key Dates

ECU 2019 3MT Heat

Schools: Engineering, Science, Medical and Health Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery
Date: Tuesday, 3 September
Time: 10.30 - 12.00pm
Register now

ECU 2019 3MT Heat

Schools: Arts and Humanities, Business and Law, Education, WAAPA
Date: Thursday, 5 September
Time: 2.30pm - 4.00pm
Register now

ECU 3MT Final

Finalists from the Heats will compete for a place at the Asia-Pacific 3MT Final.
Date: Friday, 20 September
Time: 3.30 – 5.00pm
Register now

For more information, contact Sharon Smart, Graduate Research School

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