Presentation Rules and Requirements
- 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.
- 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.
- The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
Presentation Judging Criteria
Judges are educated professionals in a variety of positions in corporate, government, and non-profit industries. Judges will use a 1-7 scale (1 is worst, 7 is best) for two categories that are added together to produce a presenter’s score (14 is highest possible score). Judges’ scores for each presenter are averaged and those with the highest average in the Heats move on to the final round. The Finals will use the same evaluation scale process, and the person with the highest average receives the first place award, while the person with the second-highest average receives the second place award. Also, in the Finals, the audience will vote to determine the People’s Choice award (this person may also win the first or second place award). The two categories of presentation evaluation and their criteria are:
Comprehension and content
- Presentation provided clear background and significance to the research question.
- Presentation clearly described the research strategy/design and the results/findings of the research.
- Presentation clearly described the conclusions, outcomes and impact of the research.
Engagement and communication
- The oration was delivered clearly, and the language was appropriate for a non-specialist audience.
- The PowerPoint slide was well-defined and enhanced the presentation.
- The presenter conveyed enthusiasm for their research and captured and maintained the audience’s attention.
2022 3MT Competition at KU in the News
Graduate Students to Compete in Three Minute Thesis Competition
Jacob Immel, the first-place winner of the 2021 competition, said condensing his research into such a short presentation was more challenging than expected. But it was something that has since proved beneficial to Immel while navigating graduate studies.
“It taught me to focus each of my projects on supporting the main theme of my dissertation,” Immel said. “I recommend every graduate student participate in the 3MT competition at KU to improve their communication skills and to find creative ways to explain complex ideas in simple terms.”
11 Graduate Students Advance to Three Minute Thesis Competition Finals
“KU’s first round of the 3MT captured cutting-edge research from fields of physical, natural and social sciences; engineering; education and music," said Jennifer Roberts, vice provost for academic affairs and graduate studies. “Graduate student participants demonstrated the creativity, innovation and drive that ignites their own passion for research while effectively communicating the impact of their work to the community.
“It was both humbling and invigorating to see the amazing research KU’s graduate students are producing.”
Two Graduate Students Claim Prizes in KU’S 2022 3MT Competition
Kalin Baca, doctoral student in chemical engineering, earned second place ($250) for her presentation, “Recycling Refrigerants to Reduce Global Warming.” Baca’s research is currently being tested on a pilot scale and will soon be commercialized by her startup company, Iconium Engineering Company.