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3MT preparatory workshop Series 1 Session 1 April 17, 2014 What is the 3MT? The rules Judging criteria Your research in a nutshell.

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2 3MT preparatory workshop Series 1 Session 1 April 17, 2014 What is the 3MT? The rules Judging criteria Your research in a nutshell

3 3MT preparatory workshop Series 1 Session 1 April 17, 2014 The 3MT is a research communication competition for research higher degree students to present their thesis and its significance in 3 minutes

4 3MT preparatory workshop Series 1 Session 1 April 17, 2014 "This competition is a chance to impress. RHD students showcase their exciting research to not only this university, but to the whole nation. It encourages students to step outside of their research and focus on what is really important and interesting about the work that they do". Gabrielle Briggs - Winner of the 2010 UoN competition and runner up in the National/Trans-Tasman final.

5 3MT preparatory workshop Series 1 Session 1 April 17, 2014 Competition History Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008, enthusiasm for the 3MT concept and its adoption in numerous universities led to the development of an international competition.

6 3MT preparatory workshop Series 1 Session 1 April 17, 2014 Rules 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 their presentation through movement or speech. The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

7 3MT preparatory workshop Series 1 Session 1 April 17, 2014 Judging criteria 1. Comprehension Did the presentation help the audience understand the research? Did the presenter clearly outline the nature and aims of research? Do you know what is significant about this research? Did the presentation follow a logical sequence? 2. Engagement Did the oration make the audience want to know more? Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or dumb down their research? Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their work? Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention? Would I like to know more about the speaker's research?

8 3MT preparatory workshop Series 1 Session 1 April 17, Communication: Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience? Did the speaker use sufficient eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and a confident stance? Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology that needed to be used, and provide adequate background information to illustrate points? Did the presenter spend the right amount of time on each element of their presentation – or did they elaborate for too long or were they rushed? Did the PowerPoint slide enhance, rather than detract from, their presentation – was it clear, legible, and concise?

9 3MT preparatory workshop Series 1 Session 1 April 17, 2014 How will you begin? Any suggestions? Summarise your research Plan the story with a beginning, middle and end Decide what you will say first. Choose language for a non-specialist audience Think about explanations you may need to give Plan the slide

10 3MT preparatory workshop Series 1 Session 1 April 17, 2014 The story may include: a hook purpose of the research (gap?) methodology results anything unusual solution to the problem what needs to happen next Kelsey Kennedy Winner 2013 Balarka Banerjee Winner 2010

11 3MT preparatory workshop Series 1 Session 1 April 17, 2014 The hook Begin with something the audience can relate to, for example: mini drama Lily Chang 2013 runner upLily Chang 2013 runner up question Gabby BriggsGabby Briggs analogy

12 3MT preparatory workshop Series 1 Session 1 April 17, 2014 For a non-specialist audience: Use shorter words and sentences active verbs Avoid jargon, acronyms academic language Explain Unknown concepts, people, places…

13 3MT preparatory workshop Series 1 Session 1 April 17, 2014 Making the story flow Gabby Briggs' presentation Kelsey Kennedy Winner 2013

14 3MT preparatory workshop Series 1 Session 1 April 17, 2014 Preparation session 2 will offer advice on the performance, including: venue and technology your appearance body language your voice rhythm and pacing humour or not? designing the slide


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