2013 Results:

UNCG’s 2013 Top 10

Congratulations on a job well done to all who participated in the 2013 UNCG 3MT competition! Watch the 2013 UNCG 3MT Competition Final Round. The Graduate School would especially like to congratulate our winners:

First Place: Connie Albert, ISSCM

Protecting Children Online: Examining Predatory Behavior and Victimization of Children within Social Media



Second Place:

Stephanie Gardiner-Walsh, SES

Mild or Unilateral Hearing Loss: Say What?!?



People’s Choice Award:

Michele Pye, KIN

Comparison of Neuromuscular Control Strategies Between Collegiate Female Dancers and Athletes


Video of presentations



Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland.
The exercise challenges higher degree students to present a compelling oration on their thesis (dissertation) topic and its significance in just three minutes. The 2013 competition at UNCG will be open to doctoral students only.
3MT develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of students’ capacity to effectively explain their work in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.




The first 3MT was held at The University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008 with 160 RHD (Research Higher Degree) students competing. Enthusiasm for the 3MT concept grew and its adoption by numerous universities led to the development of an international competition in 2010.
The inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT was held at UQ in 2010 with 33 universities participating. In 2011, 43 universities were represented in the Trans-Tasman 3MT that was hosted by The University of Western Australia. Today students from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Hong Kong take part in their own regional events.



Judging Criteria

Each of the three judging criteria has equal weight. Note what each criterion has in common: an emphasis on audience.
Communication style: was the dissertation topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
Comprehension: did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
Engagement: did the oration make the audience want to know more?

UNCG 3MT Judging Rubric



• A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration).
• No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
• No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
• Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
• Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
• Presentations are to commence from the stage.
• Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts the presentation through movement or speech.
• The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.



For examples of winning presentations from around the world, visit http://threeminutethesis.org/3mt-showcase.



UNCG’s 2013 3MT competition is open to currently enrolled Doctoral students only (PhD, EdD, DrPH, DMA). Participation will be limited to the first 60 doctoral students to register. Registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Any eligible entries received over 60 will be put on a waiting list to be reviewed if space becomes available.

If registration has not already closed due to limited space, registration WILL CLOSE on October 15, 2013 at 5pm. – Update: Registration is now closed!

UNCG will hold 4 qualifying rounds of 15 students each. These qualifying rounds will take place on Wednesday, October 30 from 10-11:30am and 1:30-3:30pm. Participants will be assigned randomly.

Ten (10) individuals will be selected from the four qualifying rounds to participate in the final round. The final round will take place on the afternoon of Thursday, November 14th at 2:30pm in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House.  First place ($1,000), second place ($500), and People’s Choice ($250) winners will be selected and announced at the end of the competition on November 14th*.

The first place winner may accompany a representative of UNCG’s Graduate School to the Conference of Southern Graduate School’s annual meeting in San Antonio, TX in February 2014 to compete in the conference’s 3MT competition (the CSGS 3MT competition will take place on Sunday, 2/23/2014).  Please note:  This is dependent on funding and number of registrants CSGS will accept. If an individual is sent from UNCG, The Graduate School at UNCG will provide airfare and lodging.


 *For First, Second, and People’s Choice Winners:  The monetary award will be posted to your University student account.  If you have a zero balance when the award posts, the cashier’s office will issue you a refund check for the full amount.  If you have a current balance, your award will pay that balance first and any funds that remain will be issued to you as a refund check.  If you received Federal financial aid in 2013-2014, your aid may be reduced by the amount of this award.



Register to participate:

Registration is now closed.




Need help preparing your slide or 3 minute presentation?
  • The Digital Media Commons

The Digital Media Commons can help you with your technology needs! Visit our desk in the lower level of the library, open seven days a week, for assistance when you need it with questions about multimedia technology. Or, simply use/reserve our spaces to work on your presentation. You can also make an appointment with staff such as if you have questions concerning images that can be used in your slide or new to using PowerPoint. We also have a Presentation Practice Room you can reserve (see the reservation widget on the library homepage) to practice your talk, record your session,  watch, and review. Contact us: libdmc@uncg.edu or visit our website.


  • The Digital Act Studio

Want help designing your PowerPoint slide for the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition? The Digital ACT Studio can assist you on the effectiveness of your slide presentation. We can provide feedback on whether or not you are effectively reaching your audience, and if your project is rhetorically and aesthetically compelling.

Our consultants are professionally trained to help you create stronger, rhetorically and aesthetically effective digital projects by engaging in one-on-one conversations that focus on shared knowledge and expertise. At the Digital ACT Studio, you can receive feedback on creating appropriate, pedagogically effective PowerPoint slide presentations.

The Digital ACT Studio is open Monday & Wednesday 10am-3pm and Tuesday & Thursday 2pm-7pm.  Walk in or schedule a 30 minute or 1 hour appointment today!

For more information about our practices, please visit our website: http://digitalactstudio.uncg.edu/
Email: digitalACTS@uncg.edu
Phone: (336) 256-1381


  • The University Speaking Center

The University Speaking Center provides consultation support and instructional workshop services for UNCG students, faculty, employees, and members of the Greensboro community. Our support is designed to help speakers further develop their own oral communication confidence and competence. We provide peer-to-peer feedback, guidance, and other support in the areas of public speaking preparation and delivery, interpersonal communication, and group or team communication.

The Speaking Center is located along with the Writing Center in 3211 MHRA. We are on the third floor. MHRA is on the corner of Forest and Spring Garden – across the street from the Mossman Building.

For more information, please visit:  http://speakingcenter.uncg.edu/about/index.php