• Three-Minute Thesis Challenge

  • The Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Challenge is an academic research competition that helps graduate students build effective presentation and communication skills. Participants are allowed just three minutes and one static slide to explain the breadth and significance of their thesis research project to a non-specialized audience.

    The challenge was developed by The University of Queensland, Australia, in 2008, and is now held at more than 600 universities in 65 countries around the world. The New School for Social Research (NSSR) held our first-ever 3MT Challenge in spring 2019. Information for spring 2020 is coming soon!

    3MT Challenge Rules

    • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations, or movements of any kind are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
    • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound or video files) are permitted.
    • No additional props (e.g., books, costumes, musical instruments) are permitted.
    • Presentations are limited to three minutes. Competitors whose presentations exceed three minutes will be disqualified.
    • Presentations are to be spoken (no singing is allowed).
    • A presentation is considered to have begun with the presenter’s first word or movement.
    • The decision of the judging panel is final.

    Judging Criteria

    Comprehensiveness and content

    • Did the presenter clearly describe the background and significance of the research question being addressed while explaining terminology and avoiding jargon?
    • Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?
    • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
    • Were the thesis topic, research significance, results and impact, and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
    • Did the presenter spend enough time on each element of his or her presentation? Did he or she spend too much time on one aspect of the subject? Was the presentation rushed?

    Engagement and communication

    • Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?
    • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize from his or her research?
    • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for his or her research?
    • Did the presenter capture and maintain the audience's attention?
    • Did the speaker have stage presence and a confident stance, maintain a steady pace and eye contact, and employ his or her vocal range effectively?
    • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation? Was it clear, legible, and concise?
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