3MT (Three Minute Thesis)

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Here are the rules of the competition:

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (eg. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

In order to be eligible for the university-wide Three Minute Thesis competition on February 26, 2014, students must first participate in a college-level 3MT competition.  Two students from each college will advance to the university-wide competition.  Application information for each college is listed below.

College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences 

Application due date: Friday January 17, 2014 

Competition date: Friday January 31, 2014

Time: Noon- 1:00 pm

Place: TBA

Application process: The college will provide a Qualtrix survey for collecting applications. It will ask for a 500 word abstract. 

Prizes: $600 for the first and second place winners, $50 honorable mention to 6 students.

Up to 15 students can participate. Pizza will be provided for all attendees.

 

College of Fine Arts and Communications

Application date: February 14, 2014

Competition date: February 18, 2014 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Place: BYU Museum of Art Auditorium (basement of MOA)

All current graduate students in the College are eligible. Anyone who has actually graduated is not eligible. Current graduate students who have defended a thesis but not yet graduated are eligible. Graduate students who have not yet defended a thesis are also eligible. 

To apply: Graduate students who are interested must apply by filling out the attached application form (also available at http://education.byu.edu/sites/default/shared/documents/research/documents/3MT_comp_app.pdf) and returning it to Associate Dean Ed Carter (ed_carter@byu.edu) by February 14, 2014. Up to 15 graduate students from the College of Fine Arts and Communications will be selected to participate in the competition on February 18. At that competition, the first-place winner will be eligible for a $300 award, second place for $200 and third place for $100. The top two finishers at the College level will be invited to participate in the University 3 Minute Thesis Competition on February 26, 2014, where additional prize money is offered.

More information: Contact Associate Dean Ed Carter (ed_carter@byu.edu) for general questions. Communications students contact Dr. Mark Callister (mark_callister@byu.edu). Visual arts students (including art history) contact Dr. Mark Graham (mark_graham@byu.edu). Also see details of the competition athttp://gss.byu.edu/node/2.

 

College of Life Sciences

Date: February 12, 2014

Time: 1:00 pm

Place: TBA

All applicants should email Brad Neiger (neiger@byu.edu) with their name, thesis title, and 500-word abstract.  15 applicants will be accepted. 

 

College of Humanities

Application deadline: January 24, 2014

Competition date: January 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Place: B192 JFSB

Send your name, department, thesis title and abstract, and expected graduation date to agnes Welch at Agnes_welch@byu.edu before the deadline.  Prizes will awarded, with first place being $500.  

 

College of Engineering and Technology

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2014

Time: 3:00 pm

Place: 214 CB

Each deparment will forward their top three winners to the college level competition.  The top two winners from the college will advance to the university competition. 

 

School of Education

Proposal deadline: January 15, 2014

Competition date: Fabruary 13, 2014

Time: 4:00

Place: 185 McKay Building

To apply, go to education.byu.edu/research. Submit your application electronically to Lynnette Christensen at lynnette_christensen@byu.edu by the deadline. The top 12 applicants will be invited to compete.  There will be cash prizes ($500, $300, and $200) and refreshments.  

 

Language Studies

Date: January 27, 28, or 29 (TBA)

Time: TBA

Place: TBA

To apply, contact Agnes Welch at agnes_welch@byu.edu

 

College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences

The 3MT competition will be held at the department or school level. Please contact your department representative (below) for information about how to apply. 

Each department or school will forward their top winners to the FHSS College Competition, which will be held on Tuesday, January 28th at 7:00pm.  The top two winners from that competition will advance to the university competition in February.

Anthropology                                                        David Johnson                 david_johnson@byu.edu        
Marriage & Family Therapy                                  Roy Bean                          roy_bean@byu.edu 
Marriage, Family, & Human Development          Shannon Adams               shannon_adams@byu.edu
Psychology                                                           Leesa Scott                      leesa_scott@byu.edu
Social Work                                                           Mike Seipel                       michael_seipel@byu.edu
Sociology                                                              Carol Ward                        carol_ward@byu.edu
 
 

3MT (or Three Minute Thesis) is a research presentation competition that originated at the University of Queensland in 2008.  Since then, the program has spread to several universities worldwide.  This is the inaugural year for 3MT at BYU, and with active participation this will become an annual opportunity for graduate students.

Students participating in 3MT have three minutes to give a presentation based on their thesis.  Of course, three minutes is not enough time to present an entire thesis, so there is only time for the essentials. For video examples of past 3MT presentations, click here

Individual colleges within BYU will hold their own competitions near the beginning of Winter semester to determine which two competitors (per college) will advance to the university-wide competition, which will be held February 26, 2014.  The competitor who wins first will receive $5,000, second place will receive $2,500, third place will receive $1,000, and the People’s choice will win $1,000. 

 

The following are the competition rules as given directly from 3MT.  

-A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.

-No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.

-No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.

-Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.

-Presentations are to be spoken word (eg. no poems, raps or songs).

-Presentations are to commence from the stage.

-Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.

-The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

 

For more information on the rules and judging criteria, please visit the 3MT website.