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Three Minute Thesis

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Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

5pm in the Walb Union Ballroom

Workshops

The following workshops will be provided throughout the 2016-2017 year to assist participants in creating and practicing their presentations

Think Tank: "Say it in 6"

Friday September 9th, 4:15-5:45pm Kettler 117

Cram It In: Condensing Knowledge 

Friday October 21st, 4:15-5:45pm Kettler 117

Think on Your Feet: Improvisation Class

Saturday November 12th, 1-3pm Neff 101

Say What?- Voice Training and Speaking 

Friday January 13th, 4:30-6pm Kettler 117

Look at This!- PowerPoint Slide Design

Friday February 3rd, 4:30-6pm Kettler 117

3MT Practice and Constructive Criticism

Friday February 24th, 4:30-6:30pm Neff 101

3MT Practice and Fine Tuning

Friday March 3rd, 4:30-6:30pm Neff 101

What is it?

Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. At IPFW both senior undergraduate students and graduate students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis or research topic and its significance.  Capstone projects are accepted for competition on the Fort Wayne campus.  These projects must include a level of research and scholarship.  3MT™ is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research, but challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience. 

History

The first 3MT™ was held at The University of Queensland in 2008 with 160 RHD students competing. Enthusiasm for the 3MT™ concept grew and its adoption by numerous universities led to the development of an international competition. The inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT™ was held at UQ in 2010 with 33 universities participating. In 2011, 43 universities were represented at the Trans-Tasman 3MT™ that was hosted by The University of Western Australia, and for the first time students from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Hong Kong took part in their own regional events.  IPFW will host our inaugural competition on March 2, 2016.  

Why participate?

During your education there is a strong focus on the production of your thesis and/or scholarly work. The ability to communicate the importance of your research project and articulate your findings is very valuable. Three Minute Thesis provides you with the opportunity to:

  • communicate your ideas effectively to the wider community;
  • describe your research findings to a non-specialist audience;
  • crystalize your thoughts about your thesis, research project;
  • increase your profile within the IPFW research community, staff and wider Indiana    community; and
  • network with other graduate and undergraduate students.

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Kumud Joshi First place winner for 2016 3MT
For additional IPFW 3MT videos please click HERE

Prizes

The graduate students will compete in either the Thesis category or Non-thesis category.  First place winners will be selected for both the Thesis category and the Non-thesis category.  The First Place Thesis winner will advance to the April regional competition in Chicago, Illinois at the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools.  Monetary prizes will be awarded for:

  • First Place Thesis
  • First Place Non-Thesis
  • Runner-up (Thesis or Non-Thesis)
  • People’s Choice (Thesis or Non-Thesis)

There will be only one Runner-up and People’s Choice.  Both Thesis and Non-thesis participants will be competing for those awards.  People’s Choice Award winners may or may be First Place or Runner-up Award recipients.  

Undergraduate students will compete among undergraduate students and will compete for

  • First Place: Senior Project
  • Runner-up: Senior Project
  • People’s Choice: Senior Project

People’s Choice Award winners may or may be First Place or Runner-up Award recipients.  
To earn runner-up or people's choice, there must be at least 5 participants 

Congratulations to the 2016 (3MTTM) Winners!

First Place Thesis Winner: Kumud Joshi, Biology Rag5 Mediated Resistance to Soybean Aphids

Tie for 2nd Place Thesis Winner: Shannon Kuznar, Biology Oceanic Foodies: Scalloped Hannerhead Diet Shifts - and - Jinlong Han, Biology Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus: A New Face to Soybean Diseases

First Place Non-Thesis Winner and People's Choice Winner: Julie Stills, Counselor Education Impacting Academic Success with Peer Mentors

Other Participants:

Yaya Mahamat, Engineering, "Far-Field RF Energy Harvesting Systems for Distribution Power Lines".

Abigail Schnelker, Biology, "Genetic Relics of past Glaciation".

Patrick Selig, Biology, "Phytoalexin Deficient 4: A Holistic Approach to Plant Defense".

Greg Whelan, Engineering, "Distributed Generation Integration".

Kumud Joshi, 1st Place Thesis Winner. Click here to watch Joshi's presentation.

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Shannon Kuznar, 2nd Place Thesis Winner. Click here to watch Kuznar's presentation.

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Jinlong Han, 2nd Place Thesis Winner. Click here to watch Han's presentation.

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Julie Stills, 1st Place Non-Thesis Winner and People's Choice Winner. Click here to watch Still's presentation.

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Watch Patrick Selig's presentation here.

Watch Yaya Mahamat's presentation here.

Watch Greg Whelan's presentation here.

Three Minute Thesis Handbook