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What is 3MT?

The 3MT is an important international competition that aims at celebrating research conducted by doctoral and masters students. According to the University of Queensland, founder of the event, the 3MT “cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills”.

Participants have three minutes and a single static slide to effectively explain their research in a language that is appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Why participate?

Participating in the 3MT can be a way for you to develop important communication and research skills, and to participate in the building of research culture at Michigan Tech. Cash prizes are also available to the top competitors and the people’s choice.

In addition the winners of the local 3MT competition are given a chance to represent Michigan Tech at the next level of competition, and potentially even national and international 3MT competitions, which provides an excellent networking and
professional development opportunity.

Competition Info

This year’s competition will be held on Thursday, November 3rd, starting at Noon. Participants will be broken up into heats and compete head to head. Each heat will be judged by a panel of 3 judges. The winners of these heats will then move on to the finals, where the top 10 will face off. At the end of the finals, a winner and runner-up will be selected. There will also be a People’s Choice award for the competitor that was the audience’s favorite.

The preliminary heats will be held in the MUB Ballroom. The number of competitors to move on from each heat will depend on the total number of participants, with an equal number being selected from each heat.

Finals will be held on campus November 3rd starting at 7:00 pm. Location TBD

Competition Rules

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. 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 their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Participant Training

GSG is organizing a training session to give participants the opportunity to practice their presentations and receive feedback from other participants and mentors. This training session will be a great time for participants to get feedback on what aspects of their presentations may be overly technical, and what can be done to improve their
presentation for the event.

Poster Printing

GSG is offering services to graduate students to print posters for conferences. Each graduate student can request one poster printing each GSG session (May 1st to April 30th) to present at an academic conference. Please allow at least one week for your poster to be printed.
During university holidays, and GSG research events, or if a large number of poster prints are requested it may take longer for your poster to be printed. Once your poster is printed you will receive email notification.
Posters will need to be trimmed to final size after pickup. 
For more printing options, or shorter turn around please see the library’s print services. If you have any questions, please contact the research chair at gsg-research@mtu.edu.
Printing Request Form