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Florida Atlantic University's Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition
An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present....their time limit is 3 minutes

This Fall 2018, FAU Graduate College hosted the University's Third-Annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition. This exciting competition challenges FAU graduate students to present their research in only 3 minutes. Students compete in a heat specific to their discipline; the First Place, Runner-Up, Second Runner-Up, and People's Choice winners from each heat advance to the Championship. Scholarship prizes are awarded to both Heat and Championship winners. Audience members determine the People's Choice winner by electronic ballot at each Heat and at the Championship.


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Questions? Contact us at 3mt@fau.edu or 561-297-6065.


Congratulations to FAU's 2018 3MT® Winners!

FAU's third-annual 3MT® Championship took place Friday, November 2, at 6:30 p.m., 2018, at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Barry & Florence Friedberg Auditorium (Boca Raton campus).


2018 FAU 3MT® Three Minute Thesis Championship Winner

Kelley Jackson

"How Much Protein is Required to Prevent Sarcopenia?"

FAU 3MT® Championship Winner and Heat 2 Winner.

Doctoral candidate, Nursing
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
Advisor: Dr. David Newman

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Wilson McLean
"The 'What is' and 'How to' of Creating Healthy Public Organizations: Development and Testing of the Public Organization Wellness Quotient (WQ)"

FAU 3MT® Championship Runner-Up & Heat 4 Winner
Doctoral candidate, Public Administration
College for Design and Social Inquiry
Advisor: Dr. Arthur Sementelli

Darius Haber
"Kosher Soul: The Emerging Conflict of Judaic Identity"

FAU 3MT® Championship People's Choice & Heat 3 Runner-Up
Master candidate, Communication and Multimedia Studies
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters
Advisor: Dr. Stephen Charbonneau

Felicia Cooper
"Risk Factors for Post-Tonsillectomy Complications in Children Under 3"

FAU 3MT® Championship Second Runner-Up Heat 2 Second Runner-Up
Doctoral candidate, Medicine
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

Sarah Hoffmann
"Sharks in 3D: The Diversity of Form and Function Among Varied Environments"

FAU 3MT® Heat 1 Winner and People's Choice
Doctoral candidate,Integrative Biology
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Advisor: Dr. Marianne Porter

Ian Combs
"Eulogy for the St. Lucie Reef"

FAU 3MT® Heat 7 Runner‐Up
Doctoral candidate, Biological Sciences
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Advisor: Dr. Steven Bressler

Caralin Branscum
"Voluntary Victim Intoxication in Sexual Assault: A Summary of Legal Standings"

FAU 3MT® Heat 4 Runner-Up
Master candidate, Psychology
College for Design and Social Inquiry
Advisor: Dr. Seth Fallik

David Giguere
"Early Exposure is Only a Start: Bilingual Outcomes at 6 Years and Young Adulthood in Second Generation Immigrants"

FAU 3MT® Heat 5 First Runner‐Up
Doctoral candidate, Psychology
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Advisor: Dr. Erika Hoff

Beth Brady
"Using Manatee Vocalizations to Conserve Related Species"

FAU 3MT® Heat 1 Runner‐Up
Doctoral candidate, Integrative Biology
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Advisor: Dr. Edmund Gerstein

Sandhya Sharma
"Point of Care Diagnostic - Zika Detection"

FAU 3MT® Heat 3 Winner
Doctoral candidate, Electrical Engineering
College of Engineering & Computer Science
Advisor: Dr. Waseem Asghar

Kate Briner
"Loanwords in Comanche: Implications for Language Revitalization"

FAU 3MT® Heat 6 Runner‐Up
Doctoral candidate, Comparative Studies
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters
Advisor: Dr. Adam Bradford

René Miller-Xavier
"Biosynthesis of Marine Natural Products"

FAU 3MT® Heat 7 People's Choice
Doctoral candidate, Integrative Biology
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Advisor: Dr. Nicholas Dickens

Travis Moscicki
"Guidance, Navigation, and Control of Unmanned Marine Vehicles"

FAU 3MT® Heat 3 People's Choice
Doctoral candidate, Ocean Engineering
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Advisor: Dr. Karl von Ellenrieder

Joseph Niederhauser
"Of Fire and Sparrows"

FAU 3MT® Heat 1 Second Runner‐Up
Doctoral candidate, Integrative Biology
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Advisor: Dr. Rindy Anderson

Joshua Disatham
"Hypoxia Regulation of Lens Structure and Function"

FAU 3MT® Heat 5 Winner
Doctoral candidate, Biological Sciences
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Advisor: Dr. Marc Kantorow

Scott Karasick
"Gorgeous Gold Peacocks: The Construction of Masculine Femininity in American Professional Wrestling"

FAU 3MT® Heat 6 Winner
Master candidate, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters
Advisor: Dr. Mark Harvey

Indhira Piquion
"Tele-to-Me: Promoting Assessment and Management of Depression in Rural Communities through Telehealth"

FAU 3MT® Heat 2 Runner-Up & People's Choice
Doctoral candidate, Nursing
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
Advisor: Dr. Beth King

Alexis Sturm
"Six Degrees of SepaREEFtion: Using Molecular Tools to Assess Coral Genetic Connectivity in Cuba and the Tropical Western Atlantic"

FAU 3MT® Heat 7 Second Runner-Up
Doctoral candidate, Integrative Biology
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Advisor: Dr. Joshua Voss

Eric Nieves
"Underwater Multi-Vehicle Collaboration"

FAU 3MT® Heat 3 Second Runner‐Up
Doctoral candidate, Ocean Engineering
College of Engineering & Computer Science
Advisor: Dr. Pierre-Phillippe Beaujean

Lucas Wilson
"Gay Reparative Therapy at Liberty University"

FAU 3MT® Heat 6 People's Choice
Doctoral candidate, Comparative Studies
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters
Advisors: Dr. Alan L. Berger , Dr. Andrew Furman, and Dr. Eric Berlatsky

Mohammad Irfan Uddin
"Undulating Fin Propulsion The Future of Underwater Maneuvering"

FAU 3MT® Heat 3 Runner-Up
Doctoral candidate, Ocean Engineering
College of Engineering & Computer Science
Advisor: Dr. Oscar Curet

   

What is the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®)?

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by gradaute students around the world. Developed by  The University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008, 3MT competitions are now held in over  600 universities and institutions across 65 countries worldwide . 

The goal of the 3MT® competition is for FAU graduate students from all departments and colleges to cultivate the ability to explain their research, including both breadth and significance, in a language appropriate to an audience containing both specialists and non-specialists. Graduate students must present their research in 3 minutes and are allowed one PowerPoint slide , but no other resources or props

The 3MT® competition provides FAU graduate students with the  opportunity to sharpen their professional development skills, reignite their passion for discovery, promote preeminent research, and foster community.  FAU 3MT® is a venue for graduate students from various disciplines to interact with one another and discuss their research and its implications.  The competition provides an opportunity for undergraduates, alumni, industry partners, various on-campus departments/institutions and the community to gain exposure to high-level, cutting-edge research being performed at Florida Atlantic University. 

Rules

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (i.e. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Judging Criteria

Comprehension and Content (10 Points Possible)

  • Did the presentation provide an 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 conclusions 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 non-specialist 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 their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

Engagement and Communication (10 Points Possible)

  • 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?

Scoring 

Scoring is the same for Heats and the Championship. The First Place, Runner-Up, Second Runner-Up, and People's Choice winners from each Heat win scholarship prizes and advance to the Championship.

First Place, Runner-Up, and Second Runner-Up Awards

  • A panel of judges determines the First Place, Runner-up, and Second Runner-up winners.
  • The number of judges on each judging panel may vary, however, it is the Graduate College's priority to ensure fair competition by carefully selecting each judging panel. 
  • Judges give competitors scores of 0-10 in two categories (detailed above). Scores are tallied for each competitor.
  • Competitors with the top three scores are named First Place, Runner-up, and Second Runner-up. 

People's Choice Awards

  • Audience members determine People's Choice winners.
  • Each member of the audience gets one vote by electronic ballot.
  • The competitor with the most audience votes is the People's Choice winner. Please note: the People's Choice winner may also win First Place, Runner-Up, or Second-Runner-Up. 

ADDITIONAL 3MT® VIDEOS


FAU's 3MT® Competition with Aaron Shapiro

How to Judge the FAU 3MT® Competition with Aaron Shapiro

Tools for Students


Congratulations 2017 3MT® Championship Winners!

Congratulations to the Second-Annual 3MT® Championship winner, Boris Tezak, whose research is titled, "Sea Turtle Sex Ratios in a Changing Climate." Boris is a doctoral candidate in Integrative Biology from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. 


Congratulations 2016 3MT® Championship Winners!

Congratulations to the inaugural 3MT® Championship winner, Mickelene Hoggard, whose research is titled, "Snail Spit to Medicine." Mickelene is a doctoral candidate in chemistry from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. 

Download the 3MT® Championship program booklet.


Questions?

Contact us at 3mt@fau.edu or 561-297-6065.

2019 Event Details

HEATS 

Dates: TBA
Locations: TBA
Times:  TBA

CHAMPIONSHIP 

Date: TBA
Location: TBA
Time:  TBA

Scholarships

HEATS

$1,000 First Place
$500
Runner-Up
$500 People's Choice*
$250 Second Runner-Up

CHAMPIONSHIP

$2,500 First Place
$1,500
Runner-Up
$1,500 People's Choice*
$1,000 Second Runner-Up

*Each audience member gets one vote by text message. 

Sponsors

Fall 2018 Championship Scholarships were generously sponsored by:

Eric H. Shaw, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus (Championship Winner)

Kelley Kronenberg Attorneys at Law; Tom Mersch, ESQ., Partner (First Runner-Up)  

Advanced Pediatrics of Boca; Dr. Patricia Anastasio, M.D., F.A.A.P. (People's Choice)

The Office of the Provost (Second Runner-Up)

Interested in becoming a sponsor?  Please contact 3mt@fau.edu, 561-297-6065, or donate online here.  

 

The Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.More information on the 3MT® Program can be found on threeminutethesis.org

 Last Modified 12/10/18