How to take part in 3MT® 2018
This Guide tells you about eligibility, sign up, rules and judging criteria.
To be eligible to take part in the competition you must be registered for a doctoral degree (PhD or professional doctorate) at the University of Bath but not yet had your final viva by the date of your first presentation in the faculty/school heats.
Faculty and School heats for 3MT®will take place sometime during April (exact dates to be confirmed soon). The winner and runner-up from each heat will go forward to a University 3MT® final to be held in late May or early June. To help them prepare for the final, 3MT® finalists will be offered a professional, 1 to 1, bespoke coaching session.
3MT® competition rules
The following rules must be strictly followed to avoid disqualification:
only 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 talk
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 a maximum of three minutes - competitors exceeding three minutes will be disqualified
presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs)
presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech
the decision of the judging panel is final
3MT® presentations will be judged against the following:
Comprehension and 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 research 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
did the presentation make the audience want to know more?
was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise 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?