About 3MT

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition that challenges HDR candidates to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. The 3MT is held at many universities across Australia, New Zealand and Asia, culminating in an Asia-Pacific 3MT Final. The competition aims to professionally develop the presentation and research communication skills of all participants, honing their ability to effectively explain their research in a language that can be understood by a non-specialist audience.

2018 Finalists

  • Moses Amagnya
  • Rachel Howley
  • Paul Fisher
  • Zameer Kalakada
  • Vimbaishe Chibanga
  • Yunong CJ Wang
  • Michelle Hayes
  • Dhruba  Acharya
  • Simone Howells

Pictured with Judging Panel and Sponsor

Winner: Simone Howells

Speech Pathologist Simone Howells delivered an engaging presentation on her research into the individual and family impacts of the swallowing condition dysphagia, and also walked away the winner of People's Choice

Runner Up: Paul Fisher

Paul, from Griffith Sciences, was named Runner Up, walking away with $750 for his presentation titled 'Internet over the Rainbow'

All entrants will first compete within their respective Academic Group: Arts, Education and Law; Griffith Business School; Griffith Health, Glycomics or Griffith Sciences. The top two candidates (HDR category) will advance to the Griffith 3MT Final. The overall winner from the Griffith Final will then represent Griffith University at the Asia-Pacific competition, to be hosted by The University of Queensland.

The Griffith Final will be held at the South Bank campus on September 13.

The Asia-Pacific Final will be held at UQ on September 27.

Every researcher should know how to present a clear, concise and engaging description of their thesis or research project. The competition will help you to:

  • Promote your research to a diverse audience
  • Clarify your argument(s)
  • Network with fellow researchers
  • Develop a pitch understandable to those outside your field, industry, private or government partners.

Griffith Final

Winner: $1500
Runner Up: $750
People's Choice: $750

Group Heats:

Group heat 1st place: $500
Group heat runner up: $250
Glycomics Finalist: $500

3MT competition rules

  • 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 (e.g. 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.

Judging criteria

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance to 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?
  • Was the thesis topic, research significance, results/impact and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?
  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
  • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?

3MT Griffith Final Major Sponsor

Griffith University is grateful for the generous sponsorship of the Griffith Three Minute Thesis Final by UniBank.

Group Heats 2018

Arts, Education and Law Group Heat

Health Group Heat

  • Date: Tuesday 21 August 2018
  • Time: 1.00–3.00 pm
  • Venue: Griffith Business School building (G42), Gold Coast campus Griffith University, Parklands Drive, Southport

Business Group Heat

  • Date: Wednesday 22 August 2018
  • Time: 12.00–2.30 pm (please arrive prior to 12pm as presentations commence at 12:05pm)
  • Venue: Econ Centre, Building N68, Room 1.15/16, Nathan campus Griffith University, 170 Kessels Road, Nathan

Science Group Heat

  • Date: Monday 13 August 2018
  • Time: 10.00 am–12.00 pm
  • Venue: Environment 2 building (N13) 0.05, Nathan campus Griffith University, 170 Kessels Road, Nathan

Glycomics Group Heat

  • Date: Tuesday 31 July 2018 (other details to be confirmed)