Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is an international research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland in Australia. The goal of the competition is to develop students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Doctoral students have three minutes – and a single PowerPoint slide - to present compelling and engaging talks on their dissertation topic and its significance. 3MT™ is not an exercise in "watering down" research but empowers students to consolidate their ideas and concisely explain their research discoveries to non-specialist audiences.
May 9, 2017
University of Maryland, Baltimore
The JHM Professional Development and Career Office hosted the second annual Three Minute Thesis Competition April 5, 2017 in the Turner Auditorium.
Congratulations to all those students participating and the competition winners:
First Place: Joseph Shin, Institute of Genetic Medicine
Scleroderma: An Opportunity for New Therapy and New Perspectives in Biology
Second Place: Kelli DePriest, Nursing
The Power of Greenspace
Third Place and People’s Choice: Jarrett Smith, Molecular Biology and Genetics
Oil and Water: Separating the Cell
Tim Al-Khindi, Neuroscience
Finding the Right Partner: The Role of Semaphorins and Neuropilins in the Retina
Jonathan C. Grima, Neuroscience
Traffic Jams in Neurodegeneration
Hyejeong Hong, Nursing
Predicting TB Treatment-related Hearing Loss
Anand Malpani, Computer Science
Automated Virtual Coaching for Surgeons
Emily A. Margolis, History of Science and Technology
Space Tourism in Cold War America
Julian B. Munoz, Physics and Astronomy
A New Dark Matter Candidate
Digvijay Singh, Biophysics
Editing Life: Gene Editing Tools in Real-time Action
2017 State Competition
Winners from the 2017 Hopkins 3MT Competition will compete in the Maryland State Competition Tuesday, May 9 at 1 p.m. at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. The event will be held in the HS/HSL Library, The Gladhill Board Room, 601 West Lombard Street.
Currently enrolled JHMI doctoral students are eligible. The student must be admitted to Ph.D. candidacy and actively engaged in research. JHMI master's-level students who are interested in competing, may participate in the Preliminary Heats.
Prize Information (JHMI Final Competition Only)
Prizes for the JHMI Competition are as follows:
- Winner: $1000
- Second Place: $500
- Third Place: $250
- People’s Choice: $250
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 three minutes maximum, and competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified. Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps, or songs). Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts his/her presentation through movement or speech. The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
Presentations will be judged based on the following criteria:
- Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
- Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
- Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
- Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
- Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact, and vocal range; maintain a steady pace; and have a confident stance?
- Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation? Was it clear, legible, and concise?
- Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
- Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
- Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
- Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance, and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
- Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology, and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
- Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of the presentation — or did he/she elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?
The JHM Professional Development and Career Office sponsored the inaugural 3MT™ Competition April 20, 2016; congratulations to all participating students and competition winners:
First Place and People’s Choice: Alexandra Pucsek, Immunology
Cancer Unmasked: How Inhibiting a Small Protein Could Boost Anti-Tumor Immunity (VIDEO)
Second Place: Amanda Edwards, Biomedical Engineering
Tricking the Brain into Exceeding Its Abilities (VIDEO)
Third Place: Ken Estrellas, Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Stem Cell Treatments to Restore Missing Muscle Protein (VIDEO)
The JHMI winners competed in the Maryland state-wide 3MT Competition May 5 against students from the University of Maryland-College Park, University of Maryland-Baltimore and University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Congratulations to JHMI students for placing in the state competition:
First Place in Maryland Competition: Ken Estrellas, Cellular and Molecular Medicine
(Second from the left)
Third Place in Maryland Competition: Alexandra Pucsek, Immunology