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UW Three Minute Thesis

Eligibility Criteria | Timeline | Prizes | Information Session Webinar | Proposal Submission Guidelines | Proposal Selection Criteria | Important Dates | Competition Day | Contact

About

UW 3MT® is a professional development competition that celebrates the exciting capstone and research experiences of Master’s and Doctoral students at the University of Washington from all three campuses.  The competition supports graduate students’ capacity to effectively explain their research or capstone project in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a public audience.  This event is a partnership between Core Programs in the Graduate School and the UW Libraries Research Commons.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition originally developed by the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Master’s students who are in the advanced stages of completing a capstone project or research-based thesis. Open to all campuses.
  • Practice-based doctoral students who are in the advanced stages of completing a capstone project. Open to all campuses.
  • PhD students who have achieved doctoral candidacy in research-based programs and are in the advanced stages of completing a dissertation.

Timeline

The timeline of the program includes: participating in an information session webinar to help you decide if this is right for you, preparing and submitting a proposal, and after acceptance of a successful proposal, practice sessions with feedback, and a public speaking competition on May 11, 2017 on the UW Seattle campus.

Prizes

A panel of judges will determine one winner for each of three categories:  Capstone, Master’s Thesis, Doctoral Dissertation.  Winners in each category will receive $300!

And, the audience will vote for their favorite presentation, resulting in a $100 People’s Choice Award.

All awards are courtesy of the UW Graduate School.

Information Session Webinar

March 7, 2017, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Adobe Connect

Access the recorded Information Session Webinar >

Proposal Submission Guidelines

The proposal submission includes two components: a brief video presentation and capstone/research project summary.  The submission deadline is Friday, April 7th, 2017, 5:00 pm.

VIDEO PRESENTATION

Record a brief video presentation of yourself (just you talking, no need for additional images), not to exceed 3 minutes. Upload your video on a video sharing website like Youtube or Vimeo.  If you only want your video accessible to proposal reviewers, we recommend that you set your video to private, but shareable via a video link password.

In your video, please respond to both of these prompts as if you were speaking to a general audience (not from your discipline):

– Why are you enthusiastic or passionate about your capstone or research project?
– What is one outcome or finding from your capstone or research project that surprised you?

CAPSTONE/RESEARCH PROJECT SUMMARY

In 300 words or less, please describe your capstone or research project for a general reader (without discipline-specific jargon or technical language).

Your summary:

– Must be concise and coherent
– Does not include a lot of disciplinary jargon
– Is understandable to a general, public audience

SUBMITTING YOUR PROPOSAL

Share a link to your video presentation and paste a copy of your capstone/research summary by completing our online form.

Submit a proposal here >

Proposal Selection Criteria

Successful proposals for UW 3MT® are based on the following criteria:

Video Presentation

– Does the student clearly address both prompts with equal weight?
– Does the student avoid disciplinary jargon?
– Does the student convey enthusiasm or passion for their capstone or research project?
– Does the student exhibit a professional presence during their talk?

Capstone Project or Research Summary

– Is the summary concise and 300 words or less?
– Does the summary include a lot of disciplinary jargon?
– Is the summary understandable to a general, public audience?

15 finalists will be chosen to compete in one of three categories for a general audience (5 finalists per category): Capstone Project, Master’s Thesis or PhD Dissertation.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline – Friday, April 7, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
Finalist Notifications – Friday, April 21, 2017
Formative Practice Sessions (required) – May 1 to 5, 2017
Dress Rehearsals for Competition – May 8, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Competition Day

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Presentation Place, Research Commons, UW Seattle

In front of a general audience, 15 finalists will each compete by doing a three minute presentation in one of three categories (5 finalists per category): Capstone Project, Master’s Thesis or PhD Dissertation.

A panel of judges will determine one winner for each category.  Each winner will receive a cash prize of $300.00!

And the audience will vote for their favorite presentation, resulting in a $100 People’s Choice Award.

Contact

If you’re interested in learning more about this event, e-mail cpinfo@uw.edu with “UW 3MT” in the subject line.


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