Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Contestants Practice Explaining Research to General Audiences
Georgia State University graduate students took top prizes at the university’s Spring 2019 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on March 25, where they were challenged to explain their research and scholarship to a general audience in a short amount of time.
3MT is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland in Australia in 2008. The premise of the competition is to develop academic, presentation, and research communication skills. It supports the development of students’ capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.
Seven master’s and seven doctoral students from multiple disciplines competed; a panel of judges awarded first, second and third place prizes. The audience was also given a chance to weigh in and voted for a people’s choice award in each degree category. Support for the competition was provided by the University Library and the Office of the Associate Provost for Graduate Programs.