The ability to clearly and concisely articulate complex research to non-specialist audiences is a vital skill for all graduate students. Participating in the Graduate College’s public scholarship competitions helps students develop communication skills, allows them to share and take pride in their work, and offers the chance to compete for prizes. In Fall 2017, Sharon Idiga (right) won the Ph.D. competition. You can view Sharon's presentation, and the presentations of all of our finalists, on the 3MT spotlight page.
Finals will be held Friday, November 3, in the Art Building West Room 240 from 3-5pm.
|Three Minute Thesis|
The University of Iowa’s fourth Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition challenges graduate students to clearly and concisely articulate complex research to non-specialist audiences.
Each contestant who advances to the Final Round will win a $250 cash prize. There will be additional prizes for:
- $500 dollars for 1st place (decided by judges), and option for funded to travel to Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 2018 conference April 4-6, in Grand Rapids, Michigan
- $250 for honorable mention (decided by judges)
- $250 for the "People's Choice" winner, selected by audience ballot
Registration Deadline: Monday, September 24th
Students: To compete, you must complete the registration form. After the registration deadline passes you will receive an email with instructions on how to sign up for the preliminary competition and submit your slide. Back to top.
SCHEDULE & COMPETITION
- Registration Deadline: September 24th, complete the registration form.
- Preliminary Contests: October 6th, Art Building West, 1:00-6:00pm.
- Finals: Friday, November 2nd, Art Building West Room 240 from 3:00-5:00pm.
Distilling Your Research
This session will briefly introduce the Three Minute Thesis, and provide opportunities to help you develop your presentation. Participants will learn:
Theatrical techniques including breath, movement, and body language to help improve presentation skills.
How to find a hook to get audiences interested in their research.
How to feel more comfortable speaking in front of groups and how to create engaging oral presentations.
- All registrants must come prepared to present their 3MT pitch.
- It is optional to provide their PowerPoint slide to the organizer in advance of the workshop.
Winners will be determined by a panel of judges using the official 3MT competition rubrics. Judges will be invited from the University of Iowa faculty and staff, previous 3MT winners, and the local community.
Comprehension & Content
- Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
- Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
- Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
- Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
- Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
- 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?
Engagement & Communication
- Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
- Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize 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?
- Student Resource packet
Departments: How to encourage and support your students
Past 3MT Winners
Winner & Peoples' Choice:
Sharon Idiga, Pharmacology
Ali Al-Jumaili, Pharmacy (Pharmaceutical Socioeconomics)
Anh-Vu Do, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Behnoush Khorsand, Pharmaceutics and Translational Therapeutics
Brandon MacDougall, Geographical and Sustainability Sciences
Caitlin Marley, Classics
Emily Malcolm, Biochemistry
Eric Emmons, Neuroscience
Ernane Souza, Pharmacy (Medicinal & Natural Prod Chem)
Jessica Gregson, Microbiology
Lalita Oonthonpan, Biochemistry
Lucas Bon Durant, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Three Minute Thesis Spring Finalists:
- Kirsten Stoner, A Pain in the Neck: Modeling Cervical Myelopathy
- Anh-Vu Do, Using Ultrasound to Enhance Tumor Cell Killing
- Vijay Permeswaran, Reverse Shoulder Replacement
- Magdalene Ameka, Lose the Weight by Ignoring the Fat
- Laura Kuhlman, The Beat Goes On: Women Writers of the Beat Generation
- Erica Ricker, Implant Infection Mitigation
- Madhur Joshi, Access to Aza-heterocycles: Key to a Better Future
- Ali Al-Jumaili, Towards a Better Work System in Nursing Homes
- Ying Hsu, What Happens When Elevators Break Down in Photoreceptor Cells?
- Kareem Ebeid, Targeted Nanoparticles for Cancer Treatment
- Tim Chung , Will it Rupture?
- Kathryn Brightbill, Explaining Analyst Bias: Uncertainty & Time
- Rachel Anderson , The Effects of Chronic Corticosterone on the Female Rodent Brain
- Sara Knox, How Helpful Are Specific Techniques in Online Counseling?
- Suvendra Vijayan, Accuracy and Reliability of Using Bio 3D Printed Prostheses
- Nyla Balakrishnan, Integration of Oral Health and Chronic Diseases
- Kawther Ahmed, Engineered Cancer Vaccine
- Amber Bates, Methods to Study Inflammation in the Mouth
- Caitlin Cosme, The Role of the Insular Cortex in Cocaine Relapse
- Sebastian De Pascuale, Voyage of the Van Allen Probes on the Shore of Space
- Michael Freedberg, Reward, Punishment, and Skill Acquisition
- Richard Ligo, The Mobius Energy of Weighted Knots
- Katherine Peter, Nanomaterial-Enabled Drinking Water Treatment Technologies
- Allison Songstad, The Vision to Cure Blindness
- Shiyi Wang, Preventing Suicide by Understanding Brain Disorders
- Crystal Wotipka, Embracing the Screen of Mediated Environments: An Exploration of the Buffer Effect's Role in Communication Surrounding Transgressions