3 Minute Research Project
Presentation Information and Training
Students will present their research face-to-face and compete in heats before advancing to the semi-finals and then the finals.The Graduate College will provide training workshops in preparation for these presentations during the month of March. These presentations will be open to all graduate students, and students will be strongly encouraged to attend these workshops.
Training Session Materials
Student Resources and Timeline
Judging Criteria, Rules, and Evaluation Form
Presentation ExamplesUniversity of British ColumbiaUniversity of MelbourneUniversity of QueenslandUniversity of Western Australia
Helpful Hints and TipsMaking the Most of Your 3 MinutesCommunicating Your Research in Lay Language
The Graduate College and Cline Library hosted two information sessions in January. To learn more about the 3MRP and the resources available to you, click here.
Watch Video: 3MRP-Liu
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What is the 3 Minute Research Project?
The 3 Minute Research Project (3MRP) is a presentation contest where graduate students explain their thesis, dissertation, or capstone research or creative work in a face-to-face presentation to an intelligent, non-specialist audience in three minutes. The competition is designed to increase graduate students' communication skills and their capacity to effectively present their research and creative work.
Arizona University will host a 3 Minute Research Project (3MRP) competition in
spring 2014. The intent of this competition is to help graduate students develop effective presentation and communication skills. Students may present research they are conducting for a thesis, dissertation, or non-thesis research capstone project or creative work they are working on while pursuing their master’s or doctoral degree.
The 3MRP project draws heavily from a well-established program that is gaining increased momentum across the globe, namely, the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®), which was first developed by the University of Queensland in 2008. This form of research communication is aimed at "developing academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience."
What is the value of the 3MRP?
The 3MRP competition provides graduate students with the
opportunity to develop academic, presentation, and research communication
skills. Students learn to effectively
explain their research or creative work by consolidating their ideas and
summarizing their research discoveries into a three minute presentation in
language appropriate for an intelligent, non-specialist audience. Students are challenged to present clear and concise,
yet engaging and convincing information/discourse on their research or creative work and its
significance. Students benefit from the
challenge of presenting their research or creative work face-to-face, which allows them to develop
presentation skills and experience and could lead to new ideas and
collaborations. Presenting complex
research and creative works in this non-traditional way also increases the understanding,
appreciation, and interest around research and creative work at Northern Arizona University.
Call for Abstracts
3MRP Call for Abstracts - DUE January 31, 2014
3MRP Abstract Application Form
Contact us at 3MRP@nau.edu.