3 Minute Research Presentation
What is the 3 Minute Research Presentation?
The 3 Minute Research Presentation (3MRP) Project 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.
The final competition will be held on Monday, April 6, 2015, 3:30 - 5:30pm in Ashurst Auditorium, Bldg #11.
|Name ||3MRP Title||Program||Department or|
|Confronting a Bacterial|
Disease Affecting Rural
Communities in Ecuador
|PhD in Biology||Department of|
|Examining the Effectiveness|
of Reminiscence Therapy
using iPads in Individuals
with Moderate Dementia
|MS in Clinical |
|Department of |
|Is This a Good Test? Can You|
|PhD in |
|Department of English||Joan |
|Strategic Trade-offs: A Case|
Study of Sierra Club's Electric
|MA in |
|Sustaining a Threatened Tree|
Species in the Wake of a
|PhD in Forest|
|School of Forestry ||Kristen |
|Ecological Implications of a|
Fern that Accumulates Arsenic
| PhD in Biology||Department of |
|Exercise is Medicine, but Who|
|DPT in Physical|
|Can Non-Contact Injuries in|
Athletes be Prevented?
|DPT in Physical|
|Injury Prevention: Diving in|
|DPT in Physical|
|Department of |
|Beetles and Weevils: A New|
Food Source for Birds?
|MS in Biology ||Department of|
|Can Uranium Exposure |
Contribute to Skin Cancer?
|MS in Chemistry||Department of|
|Diane Sterns |
|The Paws to Consider: C.A.T.|
and Attention-Deficit Concerns
|MS in Clinical-|
|Department of |
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 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.
Informational and Training Sessions
The Graduate College hosted informational sessions in the Graduate College Conference Room (Ashurst, Building 11. Room A109) during the fall.
The Graduate College provided training workshops in January and February 2015. 3MRP participants are required to attend one training session and at least one practice session. These presentation were also open to all graduate students.
Training Session MaterialsAdditional Training Resources
2014 3MRP Competition
The final competition was held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm 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|
Watch Video: 3MRP-Liu
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