University of Melbourne 3 Minute Thesis Competition
Thank you to the 10 talented PhD students who competed in the Universitiy of Melbourne 3MT® Grand Final on Thursday 26 September 2013. And the winner is...
Congratulations Sally Sherwen from the School of Land & Environment (Agriculture & Food Systems), for her entertaining and inspiring talk on the relationship between zoo visitors and animal welfare.
2nd place (equal 2nd place was awarded to two finalists)
- Bernd Merkel from Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences (Radiology), for his talk on physical activity as a preventative cure for 60+ year olds at risk of Alzheimer's Disease.
- Dr Rahul Chakrabarti from Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences (Ophthalmology), for his talk on guidelines to help prevent diabetic blindness in low-resource countries.
3RRR People's Choice Award
- Sally Sherwen from the School of Land & Environment (Agriculture & Food Systems), for her entertaining and inspiring talk on the relationship between zoo visitors and animal welfare.
If you missed the 2013 3MT Grand Final, not to worry. You can view the full event here:
Thank you to our judges and MC:
- Dr Shane Huntington (MC), Principal Strategy Adviser, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne; and 3RRR broadcaster
- Dr Andi Horvath, Science writer and communicator
- Professor Bob Williamson, Honorary Fellow in Paediatrics, Royal Children's Hospital
- Simon Clews, Director, Writing Centre for Scholars & Researchers, University of Melbourne
And to the 250+ people who attended and the 220+ people from around the world who tuned in online.
The 3MT® is a research communication competition. The exercise challenges PhD and MPhil 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 graduate researchers' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent, but non-specialist audience.
- Competition eligibility, judging criteria, rules and guidelines.
- Guide to the 3MT® by chief judge Simon Clews.
- Information pack on running your own pre-3MT® event in the lead up to the University of Melbourne Competition.
Benefits for participants
- Learn to communicate your research well.
- Build confidence and improve your public speaking skills.
Demystify your research in the eyes of the University community and the general public.
Network and make friends with other graduate researchers.
Begin building your public profile.
Communicate your research through print, radio and video media.
It’s a lot of fun and generates interest in what you're doing.
- Book vouchers and other fab prizes up for grabs thoughout the competition!
The 3MT® also supports the University's Doctoral Attribute: "the capacity to disseminate the results of research and scholarship by oral and written communication to a variety of audiences", and meets the following criteria:
- Internal and external promotion of the value of PhD and MPhil research
- Promotes research culture to all levels of university
- Can be mapped onto PhD and MPhil progress/skills development
|People's Choice Award Winner||
Dr Simon R Crouch, 3rd place, University of Melbourne 3MT Competition 2012
"An opportunity to talk about your research to a captive audience. A chance to think about it in a creative way. The ability to win prizes and meet other likeminded researchers. Why wouldn't you want to compete in the 3MT? These are just some of the reasons why I signed up for the 3MT last year and I learnt a lot about public speaking and presenting my work in an engaging manner - so much so that I am up for it again this year! The improvements I saw in all participants, across workshops, heats and the finals, were phenomenal and I made some great friends. I will always remember it as a significant part of my PhD experience at Melbourne."