The winners of the QAAFI 3MT will have an opportunity to participate in the All-Institute 3MT final and the chance to compete with the best presenters from across the University. Winners of the UQ finals have the chance to win travel grants and to represent UQ at the Pacific finals.
Key dates in 2017
|26 April||Graduate School Student Information Session|
|8 May||Competitor registration open|
Competitor registration closes/ Audience registration opens
|30 June||Audience registration closes|
|13 July||QAAFI RHD Practice Session|
|17 July||Due date for competitor slides submission|
|TBA||All-Institute 3MT final|
|13 Sept||UQ 3MT Final|
|29 Sept||Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition|
Expected outcomes for you
Skills training for RHD students
The exercise develops academic, presentation and research communication skills, while developing research students' ability to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
Building research culture in schools and institutes
3MT provides a valuable opportunity for RHD students to come together, get to know one another and talk about their research. It also provides a supportive environment in which Schools and Institutes can provide presentation skills training.
Building external relations for the University
Each 3MT winner will go on to represent their university at the Trans-Tasman 3MT Competition which, in itself, provides an excellent networking and professional development opportunity. It has been found that 3MT finalists also benefit from invitations to a variety of other networking events following their participation in the competition.
- QAAFI 3MT - To be confirmed
- All-Institute 3MT Final - To be confirmed
- UQ 3MT Final - Winner $5000 research travel grant; Runner-Up $2000 research travel grant; People's Choice $1000 research travel grant
- Asia-Pacific 3MT - Winner $5000 research travel grant; Runner Up $2000 research travel grant; People's Choice $1000 research travel grant
- 3MT website: www.threeminutethesis.org
- Competition rules and judging criteria: www.threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/resources/competition-rules
- Frequently Asked Questions: www.threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/resources/faqs-competitors
Ghanendra Gartaula, PhD Candidate, 2016 3MT QAAFI Winner, All-Institute 3MT Winner and UQ 3MT Finalist
“3MT is really a wonderful platform to share your research findings to people who do not understand the technical writings in the research paper or thesis. More than that, it gives you a chance to reach to a wider range of people. No one should miss this chance to develop your self-confidence in communication skills which is a must in the career pathways. Please be a part of this event. Who knows, you could be the person-of-the-event next year!"
About 2017 QAAFI 3MT: Time to inspire
Each year QAAFI Research Higher Degree students challenge their communication skills in the exciting Three Minute Thesis Competition.
Developed in 2008 by the University of Queensland, the 3MT is a fantastic opportunity for students to share their research with the wider community and gain invaluable experience developing their presentation skills. Taking the form of a research communication competition, students must meet the challenge of effectively explaining their research in under three minutes to a non-specialist audience. Students gain invaluable experience developing presentation skills, and gain the opportunity to network with fellow researchers and industry bodies as they progress through the ranks of the competition.