2012 SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences) Participants.
A 2012 SURE participant conducting research.
McNair Students Presenting at Symposium 2012.
Shoes Off Quintet Performing at Symposium 2012.
Students Nicole Terrell and Laura Major presenting at NCUR 2012.


Graduate Students

CSRC: ISU’s incubator for student research and creativity


Graduate Student 3mt At Indiana State University

About 3MT

The Three Minute Thesis competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by doctoral and masters students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills.

The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.


The first 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 RHD students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew.

Due to its adoption in numerous universities, a multi-national event was developed, and the Inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2010.

Since 2011 the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT competitions are now held in over 170 universities across more than 18 countries worldwide.

In November 2013, the first Universitas 21 (U21) 3MT competition was held with several universities from around the world competing in a virtual

Why participate?

Skills development for research candidates
The exercise develops academic, presentation and research communication skills, while developing research candidates’ ability to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Building research culture in schools and institutes
3MT provides a valuable opportunity for research higher degree candidates to come together, get to know one another and talk about their research. It also provides a supportive environment in which Schools and Institutes can provide presentation skills training.

Building external relations for the university
3MT winners may go on to represent their university at national and international 3MT competitions which provides an excellent networking and professional development opportunity. Previous 3MT finalists have benefited from invitations to a variety of other networking events following their participation in the competition.

Scholarships for winners

First Place:
$500 Scholarship
$150 Scholarship
Third place:
$100 Scholarship

All ISU eligible students compete for the listed Scholarships, but ISU's representative to t
he Midwest Association of Graduate Schools’ 3MT competition in Indiananpolis, April 5-7, 2017 must be enrolled at ISU during the Spring 2017 semester. Winner gets registration, travel, and one night’s lodging paid.


Current a
ctive PhD, Professional Doctorate and Masters candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (
thesis/dissertation/culminating project proposal) including candidates whose thesis/dissertation/culminating project is under submission) by February 11, 2017 are eligible to participate in the ISU 3MT competitions. To represent ISU at the MAGS Chicago competition students must be enrolled during Spring 2017. *Professional Doctorate (Research) (program composed of at least 2/3 research).


– 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 (e.g. 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

At every level of the competition each competitor will be assessed on the judging criteria listed below.
Please note: Each criterion is equally weighted and has an emphasis on audience.

Comprehension & content
– 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?



Graduate Student Research Funds
We are now accepting applications for Graduate Students: Click HERE to Apply - Spring Deadline is February 1, 2017 at NOON



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