The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) was developed by the University of Queensland, Australia and launched in 2008. The competition cultivates the academic, presentation, and research communication skills of research postgraduate students and supports their capacity to explain their research effectively to non-specialist audiences in three minutes.
FHSS is going to host its first 3MT® at 3:00pm on 15 June 2023 (Thursday) in M1603, Senate Room.
Full-time/Part-time PhD students, who have passed their confirmation of registration and whose award has not been ratified by the Graduate School Board as of 15 June 2023, are eligible to participate.
- Graduates are not eligible to participate.
- All participants must be nominated by their affiliated departments. Each department is allowed to nominate up to 3 eligible PhD students.
Format of the Competition
This will be a live competition.
- 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 by the 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.
Cash prizes and certificates will be awarded to the winners of the Competition.
First Runner-up: HK$2,000
Second Runner-up: HK$2,000
People’s Choice Award: HK$2,000 (by audience ballot)
Each competitor will be assessed based on the following criteria. Each criterion is equally weighted and has focuses on the audience.
Comprehension and content
- Presentation provided clear background and significance of the research question
- Presentation provided clear positionality of the presenter regarding the research and research approach
- Presentation clearly described the research strategy/design and the results/findings
- Presentation clearly described the conclusions, outcomes and impact of the research
Engagement and communication
- The oration was delivered clearly, and the language was appropriate for a non-specialist audience
- The PowerPoint slide was well-defined and enhanced the presentation
- The presenter conveyed enthusiasm for the research and captured and maintained the audience’s attention
Please Note: Participants must present their own research, and should note that, due to the nature of the competition, any data or information presented or discussed in the competition should be considered information that will likely enter the public domain, for example, in the Faculty’s publications open to the public in print and/or digital formats, and/or on the Faculty's website, etc.
Departments should discuss the competition with prospective nominees and/or their supervisors before submitting nominations to the Faculty Office.
Panel of Judges