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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.

The University of Waikato 3MT Doctoral Final will be held on Wednesday 12 August 2020 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 2020 Virtual Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition on Thursday 1 October 2020.

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 or SJD  programme who have reached Confirmed Enrolment (Part 2 EdD, SJD), as well as those candidates whose thesis is under examination are eligible to enter. Candidates' must be currently enrolled during the heats and 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 2020 Results

On Thursday 9 July 2020, nineteen 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 12 August 2020 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 Virtual Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition on Thursday 1 October 2020 hosted by the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

(Top 10 Finalists from Left to Right: Maureen Fepuleai, Jacob Nepper-Davidsen, Nikki Barrett, Julie Hest, Rangihurihia McDonald, Love Umesi, Julie Brice, Melody May, Marion McKinnon, Roberta Marcoli)

Congratulations to all of our 2020 entrants who participated in the 3MT Doctoral Heats.

2020 Top 10 Finalists

NameSchool Presentation Title
Love UmesiSchool of Social Sciences“Why are our children still dying?”
Marion McKinnonTe Huataki Waiora School of Health“Cannabis for neuropathic pain”
Maureen FepuleaiTe Pua Wānanga ki te Ao - Faculty of Māori & Indigenous Studies"Behind the smile: the stories of Tama'ita'i Samoa who are navigating acquired loss of ability; physical, sensory, intellectual, and spiritual (ALAPSIS)"
Roberta MarcoliSchool of Science"Mute as a fish"
Melody MaySchool of Arts“Erased: Representations of Women's Bodies in Chronic Invisible Pain”
Julie BriceTe Huataki Waiora School of Health“Do these pants make me look fat?” Activewear and women’s bodies in the 21st century
Jacob Nepper-DavidsenSchool of Science“Searching for the Slimiest Seaweed”
Nikki BarrettTe Huataki Waiora School of Health“Māmā hapū, services and the maternity system: navigating the maze”
Julie HestTe Kura Toi Tangata School of Education“Modern Learning Environments and New Zealand secondary schools”
Rangihurihia McDonaldTe Pua Wānanga ki te Ao - Faculty of Māori & Indigenous Studies“Traditional knowledge, contemporary challenges: Navigating a changing marine environment”