3 Minute Thesis Competition (3MT)

The 3MT is an international competition for graduate students to explain their research or scholarly/creative projects in standard non-disciplinary English to a general audience (the public) in 3 minutes with the help of only one static PowerPoint slide.

Appalachian's 2016-2017 competition will be held on Friday, October 28th 2016 from 2-5 PM. Location: Linville Falls Room (Room 226), Plemmons Student Union


To participate, students must complete the online registration form by noon on Friday, September 30th. 

NOTE: In order to help participants best prepare for this event we have scheduled two Presentation Strategies workshops on Friday, September 23 from 10 - 11 am and another on Tuesday, October 4 from 4 - 5 pm (locations to be announced). We strongly encourage each participant to sign up for one of the workshops. You will find it most helpful as you prepare to win this competition. In addition, there will be a meeting of all participants on Wednesday, October 5 from 4 - 5 pm (location to be announced).


Eligibility:

1)    Currently enrolled graduate student in good standing at Appalachian
2)    The topic must come from a research or scholarly/creative project of significant scope (thesis, dissertation, capstone research, product of learning).  
3)    The topic must be interesting enough to hold the attention of a nonspecialist--think Smithsonian magazine, Discovery Channel, Nat Geo, Dwell.

Rules:
• One single static PowerPoint slide is permitted - no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description.
• No additional electronic media (e.g., sound or video) are permitted.
• No additional props (e.g., costumes, instruments, equipment) are permitted.
• Competitors exceeding the 3 minutes are disqualified.
• Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, no songs) in English.
• Presentations are considered to have commenced as soon as a presenter starts the presentation through movement or speech.
• Presentations must be aimed at the educated non-specialist; no disciplinary jargon or specialized vocabulary can be used unless the explanation is part of the 3 minutes.

Judging:    The competition will be judged by a panel of community, industry, and alumni representatives.   

The winner (and her or his faculty mentor) will be invited to go to Charlotte, NC in late February to compete at the regional 3MR competition hosted by the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools! The winner and runner-up(s) will also be honored at the spring Graduate Student Awards reception and will travel in May to represent Appalachian at Graduate Education Day in the Capital in Raleigh.

Questions?  Please contact Laura Padgett <padgettlc@appstate.edu>.

Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/a/appstate.edu/forms/d/1XPYI2C6FG8tCgpFQBja9-ydgUhfJBPJwoj9xsxNE4eI/viewform?edit_requested=true