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3MT Doctoral Competition

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What is it?

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia for research students.

The 3MT competition is for higher degree research candidates enrolled in the PhD, EdD, or SJD programmes. The competition challenges candidates to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. This presentation should address the following questions:

  • What are you researching?
  • Why are you researching this topic?
  • What are the values or outcomes of your research?

Through this competition, candidates will gain valuable experience in discussing and communicating effectively to a wide variety of audiences, both academic and non-academic, including the wider community.
3MT is not an exercise in trivialising or 'dumbing-down' research but forces students to consolidate their ideas and crystallise their research discoveries.

When is it?

The University of Waikato 3MT Doctoral Final will be held on Wednesday 11 August 2021 from 7.00pm in the Concert Chamber of the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Hamilton *.

If you wish to attend this event, please request an electronic ticket via the Eventbrite link. This is a free event, ticketing is to ensure we have adequate space for all attendees and can contact-trace if needed.

* This event is scheduled to be held in person, but due to COVID-19 and potential social distancing requirements, we may need to hold the event virtually. We will continue to review the situation and keep contestants updated.

The winner of the 3MT Doctoral Final will represent the University of Waikato at the 2021 Virtual Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition on Monday 27 September 2021 for the Asia-Pacific 3MT Semi-Finals and potentially, Wednesday 20 October 2021 for the Asia-Pacific 3MT Finals.

How does it work?

The candidate may only use one static PowerPoint slide and the presentation should be pitched at a non-specialist, but generally intelligent audience. Candidates have three minutes to captivate the audience and communicate their research. Each presentation will be judged by a mixed panel of academic and non-academic people looking at three areas of judging criteria; comprehension, engagement and communication.

Who is eligible to enter?

All currently enrolled University of Waikato candidates in a PhD, EdD, DMA, SJD or DHSc  programme who have reached Confirmed Enrolment (Part 2 EdD, SJD, DHSc), as well as those candidates whose thesis is under examination are eligible to enter. Candidates' must be currently enrolled during the heats and the Asia-Pacific 3MT final competition and are not eligible to enter if they are on suspension.  Graduates are not eligible to apply for this event.

3MT Doctoral Heats 2021 Results

On Thursday 08 July 2021, fourteen entrants took part in the University of Waikato 3MT Doctoral Heats. The Judges chose the top 10 entrants and they will now attend the University of Waikato 3MT Doctoral Final which will be held on Wednesday 11 August 2021 from 7.00pm, in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. 

The winner of the 3MT Doctoral Final will represent the University of Waikato at the 2021 Virtual Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition on Monday 27 September 2021 for the Asia-Pacific 3MT Semi-Finals and potentially, Wednesday 20 October 2021 for the Asia-Pacific 3MT Finals.

Top 10 Finalist:

3MT Doctoral Top 10 Finalists Photo

Top 10 Finalists from left to right: Petera Hudson, Anna Blake, Shima Bazrafshan, Annelore Spieker, So Hyun Park, Julia Falconer, Sana Oladi, Mojgan Razzaghi, Simon Connolly, Isaac McIvor

NameSchool Presentation Title
Anna Blake Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education "Voicing the Overwhelm: Acknowledging SENCOs in NZ Secondary Schools"
Simon Connolly Te Aka Mātuatua School of Science "Sexual Cannibalism in New Zealand Nurseryweb Spiders"
Sana Oladi Te Huataki Waiora School of Health “Landing Safely from Accidental Falls”
Julia Falconer Rorohiko Me Ngā Pūtaiao Pāngarau School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences "Using AI to Understand Decision Making"
Shima Bazrafshan School of Management and Marketing "Women Refugees, from Crises to Entrepreneurs"
So Hyun Park Te Huataki Waiora School of Health “The effect of uniform colour in sports”
Isaac McIvor Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao Māori and Indigenous Studies "Pā tawhito in Waikato at the interface of Mātauranga Māori and Archaeology"
Petera Hudson Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao Māori and Indigenous Studies “Is Artificial Intelligence the new revolution or the new coloniser of Indigenous peoples?”
Annelore Spieker Te Kura Toi School of Arts "Have we asked the children? Perceptions of ethnicities in global animated films by the eyes of the kids."
Mojgan Razzaghi Te Aka Mātuatua School of Science "Estuarine restoration: Can we put things right?"

Hear from the winners of the 2021 3MT Doctoral Final

Want to know more about the 3MT Doctoral competition? Find out from the winners of the 2021 competition – what was the experience like for them? We interviewed the winner, Isaac McIvor, along with runner-up Sana Oladi, highly commended So Hyun Park, and the People’s Choice winner Simon Connolly.