Three Minute Thesis Competition
IU Bloomington will host its annual Three Minute Thesis Competition at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Indiana Memorial Union’s Frangipani Room. Disciplines represented include law, optometry, and psychological and brain sciences (see more below).
Three Minute Thesis is a research presentation competition founded by the University of Queensland in 2008. The competition challenges master's and doctoral students to present a compelling oration on their thesis or dissertation research and its significance to a general audience in just three minutes. Participants may only use a single static PowerPoint slide as a visual aid, and are permitted a single 3x5” index card for notes (though they are encouraged to present without notes). No audio or video files, no costumes, musical instruments, or pointers allowed.
The first place winner will advance to compete at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools regional 3MT competition on March 22, 2019 in St. Louis. All travel and registration expenses will be covered by the University Graduate School. In the event the first place winner is unable to compete at MAGS, the runner up will be nominated to participate.
Presenters will be judged on such factors as logical sequence, pace, clarity, and avoidance of jargon, among other factors. “Three Minute Thesis celebrates the exciting research graduate students are conducting at IU and provides an outstanding opportunity for students to practice their research communication skills and network across disciplines,” said Jeff Rutherford, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs in the University Graduate School.
Among the academic programs represented in the competition are:
- Second Language Studies
- Spanish and Portuguese
- Management & Entrepreneurship
- Counseling and Educational Psychology
- Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
- Germanic Studies
- Operations and Decisions Technologies
- Applied Health Science