3MT Masters Competition

What is it?

The 3MT Masters Competition is a competition for Masters Research candidates. All Masters Research candidates who are currently enrolled in a research project of 90 points or above, are eligible to enter and have the opportunity to present their research in just 3 minutes.

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

The purpose of the 3MT Masters is to encourage students to develop and demonstrate their ability to communicate about the research they are undertaking and the wider social, community, political, scientific and/or economic value of that research. It also provides an opportunity to disseminate the research findings to audiences who might otherwise not even become aware of projects being undertaken.

3MT is not an exercise in trivialising or 'dumbing-down' research but forces students to consolidate their ideas and crystallise their research discoveries.

3MT Masters Competition 2020 Results

The University of Waikato 3MT Masters Competition was held on Tuesday 7 July 2020. It was a fantastic celebration of the great research being undertaken by our Research Masters students.

The event was supported by three judges: Professor Bryony James (Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research), Nikki Thomas (Director, Organisational Development) and Professor Kay Weaver (Dean, School of Graduate Research).

Congratulations to the runner up, Catherine Milson (School of Science), who will receive a $500 cash prize. Also a huge congratulations to the overall winner, Kaitlin Button (School of Science), who will receive a $1000 cash prize as well as the opportunity to present at the UoW 3MT Doctoral Final on 12 August 2020. Kaitlin will also go on to represent the UoW at the virtual National 3MT Masters Inter-University Competition on 17 September 2020.

Winner: Kaitlin Button with 3MT Competition Judge, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Professor Bryony James

Runner up: Catherine Milson with 3MT Competition Judge, Nikki Thomas

Congratulations to all of our 2020 entrants who participated.

(Left to right; Allan Hardaker, Waka Paul, Kaitlin Button (Winner), Catherine Milson (Runner Up), Tom Vosper, Elmie Senekal, Ashleigh Currie)

2020 Entrants and Presentation Topics

NameSchoolPresentation Title
Ashleigh CurrieSchool of ScienceMicrobial Life in a Changing Environment”
Allan HardakerSchool of Science“Enhancement and Optimization of a 3D Bioprinted Breast Cancer Tumour Model”
Kaitlin ButtonSchool of Science"Rapid Maturation of Whiskey"
Waka PaulSchool of Social Sciences“Friend or foe? Kina barrens”
Catherine MilsonSchool of Science"Big ideas come in micro packages"
Elmie SenekalSchool of Science“Extending the Shelf-life of Packaged Biltong”
Tom VosperSchool of Engineering“Potential of Filler”