Who is eligible?
Doctoral students currently enrolled at Georgia Tech and actively engaged in dissertation research are eligible. The student must be graduating in a term later than fall 2018. Graduates of Tech and previous winners of the 3MT™ competition are not eligible to participate. A competitive candidate should have a well-conceived dissertation project, compelling data collected, and a novel story to share.
Master's students must be actively engaged in thesis research. Nonthesis master's students are not eligible. The student must be graduating in fall 2018 or a later term. Graduates of Tech and previous winners of the 3MT™ competition are not eligible to participate. A competitive candidate should have a well-conceived thesis project, compelling data collected, and a novel story to share.
What are the prizes?
For Ph.D. students:
- Winner: $2,000 research travel grant
- Runner-up: $1,500 research travel grant
- Third Place: $1,000 research travel grant
For master’s students:
- Winner: $1,000 research travel grant
- Runner-up: $750 research travel grant
- Third Place: $500 research travel grant
One People's Choice winner will be selected from all participants (master’s and Ph.D.) and will receive a $500 research travel grant. (Voting for the People's Choice will take place live at the finals.)
What are the 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, or laboratory equipment) are permitted.
- Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum, and competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
- Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps, or songs).
- Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts his/her presentation through movement or speech.
- The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
What is the judging criteria?
Presentations will be judged based on the following:
Engagement and Communication
- 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 the 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?
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?
- Were the thesis topic, key results and research significance, and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a nonspecialist 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 the presentation — or did he/she elaborate for too long on one aspect, or was the presentation rushed?