Augusta University Three Minute Thesis


3MT Champions 

What is 3MT®?

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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 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.

More information on 3MT

The Graduate School 2018 Awards Banquet and Second Annual Final AU-3MT Competition

Date: Thursday April 12, 2018

Location: Kroc Center (1833 Broad Street, Augusta, GA)


Eligibility

Currently enrolled master’s and doctoral students at the Augusta University  will be eligible to participate in 3MT™. Graduates are not eligible. Students must present on the research that will culminate in either their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. Previous winners of the 3MT competition are not eligible to participate. 

*RULES*

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description, 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 movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

*JUDGING CRITERIA*

  1. 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?
  1. Engagement
  • 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? 

 


3MT AWARDS

Bianca Islam 1st Place 3MT Award Winner

1st Place - $1000

Runner-up - $550

People’s Choice - $250


2017 Award Winners

Winner & People's Choice Runner-up
 2017 3MT Award Winner  2017 3MT Runner-Up

Bianca Islam

Sarah Sharman

Biochemistry and Cancer Biology Biochemistry and Cancer Biology

"Sildenafil for colon cancer prevention"

"Viagra for more than a good time"


2017 Finalists

chevron-right icon John Paul Valenzuela, Physiology
Pathological Mechanisms Leading to Impaired Vascular Integrity and Poor
Recovery in Diabetic Females 

chevron-right icon Sarah Sharman, Biochemistry and Cancer Biology
Viagra: for more than a good time 

chevron-right icon Joanna Erion, Molecular Medicine
Investigating the molecular origins of neurodegenerative disease pathology 

chevron-right icon Rebecca Ward, Neuroscience
Diabetes and Blood Vessels: A Brain Without a Solid Foundation

chevron-right icon Bianca Islam, Biochemistry and Cancer Biology
Sildenafil for colon cancer prevention

 

2017 Semi- Finalists

chevron-right icon Allison Bridges, Biochemistry and Cancer Biology
FoxO as a Novel Protective Pathway in the Colon 

chevron-right icon G. Ryan Crislip, Physiology
Novel Role of Pericytes in the Renal Medulla 

chevron-right icon Joanna Erion, Molecular Medicine
Investigating the molecular origins of neurodegenerative disease pathology 

chevron-right icon Bianca Islam, Biochemistry and Cancer Biology
Sildenafil for colon cancer prevention 

chevron-right icon Nicole H. Lopez, Biochemistry and Cancer Biology
Drug Treatments for Sickle Cell Disease 

chevron-right icon Yue Pan, Physiology
Markers Searching: Obesity Related Diseases 

chevron-right icon Robert Schleifer, Genomic Medicine
Identifying Cancer Drug Resistance Genes Using Data-mining and High-throughput Verification 

chevron-right icon Sarah Sharman, Biochemistry and Cancer Biology
Viagra: for more than a good time 

chevron-right icon Lia Taylor, Physiology
The Role of T cell Activation in High Fat Diet-Induced Hypertension in Females 

chevron-right icon John Paul Valenzuela, Physiology
Pathological Mechanisms Leading to Impaired Vascular Integrity and Poor 
Recovery in Diabetic Females 

chevron-right icon Rebecca Ward, Neuroscience
Diabetes and Blood Vessels: A Brain Without a Solid Foundation

 

2017 Distinguished Panel of Judges

3MT judges

(Pictured from left to right: Brad Means, Deke Copenhaver, Karla Leeper, Tony Lawrence, Grechen Caughman. Not pictured: David Hess and Shawn Vincent)

chevron-right icon Deke Copenhaver
Interim Dean, Principal, Copenhaver Consulting LLC
Former Mayor, City of Augusta (2005 -2014) 

chevron-right icon Gretchen Caughman, PhD
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

chevron-right icon David Hess, MD
Interim Dean, MCG,  Interim Executive Vice- President for Medical Affairs and Integration,Chairman, Professor and Presidential Distinguished Chair, Department of Neurology

chevron-right icon Tony Lawrence
Director, Capabilities Directorate National Security Agency, Fort Gordon, Georgia

chevron-right icon Karla Leeper, PhD
Executive Vice President for Strategic Communication and Chief Marketing Officer

chevron-right icon Brad Means
Anchor, WJBF News Channel 6; Host, “The Means Report”

chevron-right icon Shawn Vincent
Chief Operating Officer, Augusta University Medical Center

Second Annual 3MT Competition Important Dates 


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

  • Time: 1 p.m.
  • Location: EC 1210 (Health Science Bldg)
    Workshop #1: Information session and introduction. Student sign-up for the AU-3MT™
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017

  • Time: 12 p.m.
  • Location: EC 1210 (Health Science Bldg) 
  • Workshop #2: Hands-on 3MT™ preparation with a focus on speech content. Lunch Provided.
  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018

  • Time: 12 p.m.
  • Location: EC 1210 (Health Science Bldg)  
  • Workshop #3: Polishing your 3MT™ content, “reading” with your slide
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018

  • Time: 12 p.m.
  • Location: EC 1210 (Health Science Bldg) 
  • Workshop #4: Willl focus on presentation style and delivery. Professional coaching will be available for participants. Lunch Provided
  • Week of February 13, 2018

  • Location: EC 1210 (Health Science Bldg) 
  • AU-3MT™ Preliminary Competition.
  • Thursday, April 12, 2018

  • Location: Kroc Center (1833 Broad Street, Augusta, GA)
  • The Graduate School Awards Banquet and final AU-3MT competition