Three Minute Thesis
- Active Doctoral and Thesis based candidates are eligible to participate. A competitive candidate should have a well conceived dissertation or thesis project, compelling data collected, and a novel story to share. Graduates of Colorado School of Mines are not eligible.
- All competitors must be able to attend each competition in person. No exceptions will be made.
- Video’s from the first round must be made by the Trefny Center, other submissions will result in disqualification.
- Presentations are limited to 3 minutes and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified. A single static slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description).
- The video will be filmed at the 3MT specific set in the Arthur Lakes Library, and will be filmed from a static position.
- The 3 minute video must be continuous – no edits, breaks etc.
- No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment, animated backgrounds) are permitted.
- Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
- Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through speech.
- No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted within the video recording.
- The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
Engagement and Communication
- 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?
Comprehension and Content
- Did the presentation provide and 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 conclusion 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 nonspecialist 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?
- Winner: $1,000
- Runner-up: $500
- People’s Choice Winner: $250
- Top 10: $50
Round 1: Registration Has Now Closed
Competitors had the opportunity to participate by creating a video submission in the Trefny Center/Hive, during the following dates:
February 11th to March 8th
The competitors that were selected to move on to the next round were notified on March 21st.
Round 2: Students selected from Round one will compete in a live 3 minute thesis presentation. Students and faculty are welcome to attend.
- Date: April 5th
- Time: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
- Location: Arthur Lakes Library, Boettcher Room.
Round 3: The finalists from round 2 will compete in a live 3 minute thesis presentation. Three individuals will be selected from the contestants.
- Date: April 18th
- Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
- Location: TBA
Questions? Please contact: 3MT@mines.edu
Cosponsored by Arthur Lakes Library, Graduate Student Government, and The Office of Graduate Studies