Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ). This year's competition will be by video submission.
Research master's and doctoral students who have successfully passed the PGR9 are eligible to enter. Competitors have three minutes to present their thesis and its significance in an inspiring and captivating way.
In 2021 the AUT 3MT Competition is virtual for the second time. This year, doctoral students will give their 3 minute research presentations by video submission. Finalists’ videos will be selected from the pre-heats taking place in the coming weeks, with the finals event taking place 3 September.
The judging panel consists of the following judges:
This event is sponsored by ICT Services and supplier partner Cyclone, AUT Sport and Fitness Centres, and AUT Shop.
Competitors will not be judged on video/ recording quality or editing capabilities (optional inclusions). Judging will focus on the presentation, ability to communicate research to a non-specialist audience, and 3MT PowerPoint slide.
After each competition round competitors have the option to either submit their current presentation or re-record and submit a new presentation for entry into the next round.
At every level of the competition each competitor will be assessed on the judging criteria listed below. Each criterion is equally weighted.
Applications to compete in the 2021 Virtual AUT 3MT Competition have now closed.
Finals will take place 4pm to 5pm on Friday 3 September 2021 online. The doctoral finalists of the 2021 AUT 3MT Competition will compete in this event.
Join the online event to watch the finalists’ videos, cast your audience vote on your device, and hear the judges' decisions about who will be progressing to the National Universities Masters 3MT Competition (masters) and Asia-Pacific Competition (doctoral).
Register to attend (virtually) to be provided with the access link for this event.
Have a device on-hand for the event with a QR scanner so that you can cast your audience vote. You'll use a QR scanner to access your audience vote ballot.
On 17 September AUT hosted the 2020 National Universities Masters 3MT Competition, the next level of competition for the 3MT for master’s research students. The master’s winners from universities across New Zealand had three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. This event took place online, with presentations by video submission.
Missed watching the 2020 National Universities Masters 3MT Competition live? A recording of the event is available for a limited time.
Competitors in the 2020 National Universities Masters 3MT Competition represented universities across New Zealand. This year’s competitors were:
Dr Lyn Lavery is the Director of Academic Consulting Ltd, a company with a longstanding reputation for providing support to both academic staff and postgraduate students at New Zealand universities.
Previously a lecturer at both University of Auckland and Massey University, she specialises in teaching research methods, particularly data analysis techniques and the skills needed to effectively communicate research findings. Lyn’s PhD is in the area of educational psychology, but her recent research has seen her work across a diverse range of fields including health, business, sport and exercise science, and social policy.
Professor Juliet Gerrard FRSNZ, FHonFRSC trained at Oxford University and moved to Aotearoa in 1993 where her career has included roles in both Crown Research Institutes and universities. Juliet’s research background is broad and interdisciplinary, with particular interests in fundamental and applied protein science. She has held an Industry and Outreach Fellowship with Callaghan Innovation, founded a start-up company, chaired the Marsden Council, and served on the Board of Directors of Plant and Food Research.
Since Juliet’s appointment in 2018 as the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Kaitohutohu Mātanga Pūtaiao Matua ki te Pirimia, she has worked from a base of four founding principles: rigour, inclusivity, transparency, and accessibility. She has supported the science and science advisor community to provide advice to the PM, ministers, and the public on a wide range of topics, including advice on the Christchurch mosque shootings, the response to the Whakaari | White Island eruption, and the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2019, the Office released a major report, Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealand, which created a vision for a new relationship with plastic.
This event was sponsored by ICT and supplier partner Cyclone.
For the first time the AUT 3MT Competition was virtual; master's and doctoral students gave their 3 minute research presentations by video submission. Finalists' videos had been selected from the pre-heats, with the finals event having taken place online on 4 September.
If you missed watching the 2020 Virtual AUT 3MT Competition live, don't worry, a recording of the event will be available for a limited time.
L to R: Afiq Abdul Hamid, David Gadnyx, Marianne Carroll, Negin Ahmadi Saber Doust, Alena Shannaq, Kaushalya Kumarasinghe, Megan Burfoot, Smita Keshoor
Members of the judging panel were:
This event was sponsored by ICT and supplier partner Cyclone and AUT Cafes.
Finalists from the 2019 pre-heats competed in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition finals, explaining their research and its significance in a captivating and inspiring way. The finals took place on Friday 16 August, at the end of the 2019 Postgraduate Research Symposium day.
Saba Tavakolinejad took out the 2019 AUT 3MT Master's Competition Audience Vote. And, Livvy Mitchell, with her presentation, 'Home Detention: Couch surfing or job preserving?' won the 2019 AUT 3MT Master's Competition. It is with great excitement that we announce that Livvy went on to win the 2019 Three Minute Thesis New Zealand Inter-University Master's Final, hosted by the University of Otago in Dunedin.
Alena Shannaq, with her presentation 'What makes students effective in their studies' was the Runner-Up of the 2019 AUT 3MT Doctoral Competition. The winner of the 2019 doctoral competition was Peter Jean-Paul, with his presentation, 'Investigating the value proposition of Energy Saving Devices'. Peter also took out the Audience Vote for the 2019 Doctoral Competition. Peter went on to represent AUT at the Asia-Pacific Competition in Brisbane, Australia on 4 October, 2019.
The 2019 Postgraduate Research Symposium, inclusive of the AUT 3MT Competition finals, was sponsored by: