If you are a student interested in competing in the 3MT competition, below are some Frequently Asked Questions that will help you get started.

Who is eligible to compete in 3MT?

Active PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of their first presentation are eligible to participate in 3MT competitions at all levels, including the Asia-Pacific  3MT competition.  Graduates are not eligible.

For the UQ competition, MPhil and pre-confirmation PhD candidates who are active in program are eligible to participate in the 3MT competition up to Faculty/Institute finals but cannot advance to the 3MT Final or Asia-Pacific 3MT competition.

Can I use palm cards or notes during my presentation?

Yes, palm cards and/or speech notes are acceptable, however this option may detract from the delivery of the 3MT and is not recommended.

Can I use additional props during my presentation?

No, additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are not permitted during a 3MT presentation. Laser pointers are allowed, however not encouraged (your slide should be simple enough that you do not need to emphasise elements to the audience).

Can I use a quote from a poem or song?

Yes, quotes can be included from a poem or song if it is relevant to the presenter's thesis topic. Poetry and song lyrics are not permitted to be used to present the entire 3MT and their use should be very limited.

What is allowed on my 3MT slide?

One single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. In preparing the slide, remember that 'less is more'. It does not have to include text. Visual cues are very effective in assisting the presenter's explanation of their research (No slide transitions, animations, sound or 'movement' is permitted).

Can I use sound or video?

No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) is permitted during a 3MT presentation.

Can I present my 3MT via Skype?

While this decision rests with each School/Faculty/University, we would discourage remote presentations. As an important aspect of the competition is audience engagement, anyone who would choose to present via conferencing facilities would be at a disadvantage compared to other competitors.

For the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition, the winner of the university final will be expected to attend the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition in person.

Is there a dress code?

There is no stipulated dress requirement such as ‘smart casual’. Some have worn suits with ties, others t-shirts and jeans. Please wear whatever is comfortable for you. NO COSTUMES (including hats, masks, Dame Edna specs, etc).

Can I win more than one category?

Yes, it is possible to win a place (First and Runner-Up) and win the People's Choice award.

What happens if I cannot attend the final?

The winner of each heat or final is expected to represent their School/Institute/Faculty/University at the next stage of the competition. If the winner is unable to attend the final, the runner-up will proceed to the next round of the competition.

Who should I contact to discuss holding a 3MT at my university?

The UQ Graduate School will be able to assist you and answer any additional 3MT questions that you may have. Please email 3MT@uq.edu.au.