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.

3MT Griffith Final

11 September 6.30pm in South Bank

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, hosted by the University of Queensland.

The 2019 Griffith final will be held at the South Bank campus on Wednesday 11 September.

The Asia-Pacific final will be held at UQ on Wednesday 18 September 2019.

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: $1,500
Runner-up: $750
People's choice: $500

Group heats

Group heat first place: $500
Group heat runner-up: $250
Glycomics finalist: $500

Group heats 2019

Arts, Education and Law group heat

  • When: 4.30 – 6.30 pm, Wednesday 31 July 2019
  • Where: QCA Lecture Theatre (S05) room 2.04, Queensland College of Art, South Bank campus Griffith University
  • Register: Click Here

For more information about this group heat, please contact Joanne Dolley.

Griffith Business School group heat

  • When: 11.00 am – 2.00 pm, Thursday 15 August 2019
  • Where: Law building (N61) room -2.06, Nathan campus Griffith University

For more information about this group heat, please contact Khyla Truloff. via gbs-hdr-deanr@griffith.edu.au

Griffith Health group heat

  • When: 12.30 – 4.00 pm, Tuesday 20 August 2019
  • Where: Gold Coast campus, G42_3.06
  • Register: Click Here

For more information about this group heat, please contact Carina de Vries via email health-dean-research@griffith.edu.au

Griffith Sciences group heat

  • When: 2.00 – 4.00 pm, Thursday 15 August 2019
  • Where: Environment 1 (N55) room 0.19, Nathan campus

Element heats:

  • School of Environment and Science: Register here by 11 July
  • School of Engineering and Built Environment – contact Deputy Head of School (Research), Professor Rodney Stewart, r.stewart@griffith.edu.au, for details
  • School of Information and Communication Technology – contact Deputy Head of School (Research), Associate Professor Alan Liew, a.liew@griffith.edu.au, for details

For more information about this group heat, please contact Lorraine Lauriston.

Institute for Glycomics heat

  • Please check back soon for details of this heat.

For more information about this group heat, please contact Fiona Crone.

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 (such as sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (such as 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 (i.e. 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.

Eligibility for 3MT:

Active PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of their first presentation are eligible to participate in 3MT competitions at all levels, including the Asia-Pacific  3MT competition. Graduates are not eligible.

You can find more information here,

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?

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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

2018 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.

2018 runner-up: Paul Fisher

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