Three Minute Thesis
Open to all members of the senior class, the Three Minute Thesis competition offers cash prizes for the students who can most effectively summarize their senior projects in three minutes or less. Seniors must tailor their explanations for a broad audience, beyond the college. Community members form the judging panel. Hamilton is one of only a few undergraduate institutions in the U.S. that sponsors the competition.
According to its website, “Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by Ph.D. students. Developed by The University of Queensland, the exercise cultivates students' academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.” Funding for the 3MT at Hamilton comes from the Ferguson Endowment, which advances oral communication across campus.
Timeline for the 2019 Competition
12:15 pm & 4:15 pm: Information Session, KJ 222A
Last Day to Register
10 am-12 pm: Open Rehearsal time, KJ Auditorium
8:00 am: Submit PowerPoint Slide
9:45 am: Deadline to Check in for Competition
10:00 am: Competition Begins!
- Participants must be graduating in the current academic year.
- Double concentrators may choose to enter twice, once for each senior project. Double concentrators may also choose to focus on just one project as a single entrant.
- Speakers may use a single static PowerPoint slide which will be projected throughout the speaker’s time. Slides must be submitted in advance (exact deadline communicated to registrants).
- No props or other media may be used.
- Competitors whose presentations exceed 3 minutes will be disqualified. A countdown clock will be displayed for each speaker.
- Speakers are encouraged to present without notes, though the use of notes is permitted.
- All presentations must be made in person at the time of the competition. Speakers must check in on the day of the competition by the designated time.
- Speakers should present in professional attire; no costumes are permitted.
- Speaking order will be randomly generated and is subject to change.
- Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd places) will be selected based on judges' evaluations.
- All competitors will be entered in the People’s Choice award, voted upon by the audience. Tied People's Choice awards will split the award money.