3 Minute Research Presentation
What is 3MRP?
The 3 Minute Research Presentation (3MRP) Competition is a 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. Learn more about 3MRP
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. Students will present their research face-to-face and compete in heats before advancing to the finals.
The 3MRP competition is similar to the 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.
The final competition will be held on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at 3:30 pm in Ashurst Auditorium.
The second annual GSG Poster Symposium will take place immediately following the 3MRP final competition. For more information about the GSG Poster Symposium, please click here.
Free parking for both events is available at the High Country Conference Center.
Winners from the 2016 3MRP Competition will advance to the statewide Arizona 3 Minute Grad Slam (AZ3MGS) competition with University of Arizona on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.
Sponsors of the final competition:
2015 Final Competition
- Graduate College
- Cline Library
- NAU Retirees Association
- Center for International Education
- Office of the Provost
- Office of the Vice President for Research
- Graduate Student Government
- NAU Bookstore
- Academic Colleges
- College of Arts and Letters
- College of Education
- College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences
- College of Health and Human Services
- College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
- University College
2014 Final Competition
2015 Final Competition
The final competition was held on Monday, April 6, 2015, in Ashurst Auditorium.
|First Place||Sean Mahoney|
|Second Place||Rachel Lucas|
|Third Place ||Morgan Roberts|
|People's Choice Award||Brian Kinslow|
2015 Finalists (in alphabetical order)
2014 Final Competition
The final competition was held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Ashurst Hall. Twenty graduate students participated in the preliminary heats, and twelve students advanced to the finals.
- Watch videos of the final presentations!
|First Place||Serra Hoagland|
|Second Place||John Kline|
|Third Place ||Antony Jaurequi|
|People's Choice Award||Tanya Sutton|
2014 Finalists (in alphabetical order)
|Name||3MRP Title||Program||Department or School||Advisor|
|Ana Dyreson ||Solar Photovoltaics Variability and Spatial Smoothing||MS in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Emphasis||Department of Engineering||Tom Acker|
|Serra Hoagland||Owls, Treatments and Tribes||PhD in Forest Science||School of Forestry ||Paul Beier|
|Anthony Jaurequi||Creation of Polysaccharide Based Aerogels for Integration in an Electronic Double Layer Capacitor||MS in Chemistry ||Department of Chemistry||Cindy Browder and Cornel Ciocanel|
|Tingting Kang||Evaluating the Effectiveness of Podcasts in Second Language Listening and Speaking Instruction||PhD in Applied Linguistics||Department of Engish||Joan Jamieson|
|Annika Keeley||Designing Wildlife Linkages||PhD in Forest Science||School of Forestry||Paul Beier|
|John Kline||A Conversion Table for Running on Lower Body Positive Pressure (LBPP) Treadmills||DPT in Physical Therapy||Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training||Hendrik de Heer|
|Sonia Mehta||Finding the Words||MS in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology||Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders||Emi Isaki|
|Seonmin Park||The Comparison between Input and Output Vocabulary Instruction||PhD in Applied Linguistics||Department of English||Douglas Biber|
|Tanya Sutton||Chemicals, the Environment and You: The Effects of Potentially Disruptive Chemicals on Health Outcomes||MS in Biology||Department of Biological Sciences ||Catherine Propper|
|Jessica Swetish||Benchmarking Models for NASA's Carbon Monitoring System||MS in Environmental Sciences and Policy||School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability||Deborah Huntzinger|
|Emily White||Got Knee Pain? ||DPT in Physical Therapy||Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training||Hendrik de Heer|
|John Williamson||Is She Mad? Facial Affect Recognition Training Through Telepractice for Individuals with Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury||MS in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology||Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders ||Emi Isaki|
Submitting an abstract
The deadline to submit abstracts was extended to 11:59 PM on Monday, January 25, 2016 (from Friday, December 18, 2015).
Abstracts must be submitted using the Abstract Form to 3MRP@nau.edu or through the 3MRP BbLearn Course Shell.
More Information about Submitting Your Abstract
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If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to complete these forms, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must self-enroll in the 3MRP BbLearn Course before you can access the modules or submit your abstract.
You will need to complete two modules, Overview and Submitting Your Abstract, before you may submit your abstract. If you do not complete the two modules, you will not be able to submit your abstract.
Please use the 2016 Abstract Form to submit your abstract. This form may be uploaded into the 3MRP BbLearn Course as either a PDF or Word document, depending on which format you choose to use.
If you have questions about submitting your abstract, please contact us at 3MRP@nau.edu or (928) 523-4338.
Information and Training Sessions
Information and Training Sessions
The Graduate College hosted information and training sessions on November 4 and 5. Participants were strongly encouraged to attend an information and training session prior to submitting an abstract in December 2015.
The Graduate College will provide additional training and practice sessions in January, February, and March 2016. 3MRP participants are required to attend these training and practice sessions. These sessions are also open to all graduate students. Additional Training Resources
Resources Available at Cline Library
Helpful Hints and Tips
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