The LSU Graduate School presents the 2017 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition
An 80,000-word thesis would take 9 hours to present — Their time limit is 3 minutes.
Last updated 1/24/2017
Congratulations to the winners of the 2017-18 Three Minute Thesis Competition! All participants were outstanding, and we look forward to next year's competition.
1st Place - Elizabeth Hilliard, Department of Physics, Verification of a Novel Intensity Modulation Device for Electron Radiotherapy
2nd Place - Zheng Jia, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Do It Yourself: DNA Sequencing by Coin-size Device
People's Choice - Austin Thompson, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Parkinson's Disease: An Investigation of Speech Movement
The LSU Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Finals Competition will take place on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the LSU Digital Media Arts Theater. Nine finalists from various LSU units will compete for 1st Place to receive a $1,000 research travel award and a trip to compete in the Southern Regional Competition in February 2018. The 2nd Place winner will receive a $750 research travel award.
Faculty, staff, students, and Baton Rouge community members are encouraged to come out to learn about the outstanding scholarship being conducted on campus, and to show support for the presenters. Audience members will also select a recipient for “People’s Choice,” a prize that grants a $500 research travel award.
Refreshments will be served for you to enjoy prior to the presentations. Click here to RSVP!
3MT® Preliminary Competition
On Wednesday, November 29, twenty-five graduate students from across LSU took part in the preliminary round of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition. Students representing more than 15 departments took on the challenge of presenting their scholarly research in just three minutes or less, with one accompanying slide. Preliminary judges, Dr. Chris Barrett, Dr. Johanna Broussard, and Dr. Billy Saas provided each participant with valuable feedback, and also had the difficult task of narrowing down the talented participants to the top nine finalists.
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an international research communication competition. The exercise challenges Masters and Ph.D. students to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. 3MT® develops academic, presentation and research communication skills and supports the development of research students’ capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
The minimum requirement for Master’s and Ph.D. candidates to participate is to have passed their proposal defense (or a similar milestone exam that involves committee approval of the proposed research project) by the date of the first presentation (November 29, 2017). Alumni are not eligible.
1st Place $1,000 research travel award
The LSU Graduate School will also fund the first-place winner’s trip to the Southern regional competition in February, 2018.
COMPETITION RULES AND GUIDELINES
Presentation Requirements and Guidelines
1. Comprehension and Content
PRESENTATION EXAMPLES AND RESOURCES
Example 3MT Winners from the University of Queensland
How to Talk About Your Thesis in Three Minutes (*Note: This Prezi was prepared for a different university’s 3MT competition.)