NAU Graduate College 3 Minute Research Presentation
The 3 Minute Research Presentation (3MRP) Competition provides an opportunity for NAU graduate students to present their thesis, dissertation, capstone research, scholarship, and/or creative work to an intelligent, non-specialist audience in just three minutes. This professional development opportunity is designed to increase and improve graduate students’ communication skills as well as their capacity to effectively present research, scholarship, or creative work.
Save the Date!
3MRP Competition Finals
Tuesday, March 27
High Country Conference Center
Competition information & resources
Information, training, and practice sessions
You do not need to have complete data analysis or be “defense ready” on your capstone, thesis, or dissertation work to participate in the 3MRP competition!
We are looking for students who have made progress on their project, research, creative work, etc. and can prepare a presentation that addresses scope, significance, and impact of their work. Preliminary data, pilot study data, and preliminary results are good, but they do not necessarily need to be definitive.
Additionally, NAU’s Graduate College offers robust training and formal practice sessions for Northern Arizona University graduate students participating in the event. We work with you through training sessions, practice sessions, librarian support, and library resources so that you will be fully prepared and polished before you participate in the event.
These sessions are open to all NAU graduate students, regardless if they are participating in the competition. Students accepted to participate in the 3MRP competition are required to attend one training session and one practice session.
Training and practice sessionsAccordion Closed
All Sessions (Except the Finals, Reception, and Poster Session) will be held in the Practice/Presentation Studios (Room 131) at NAU’s Cline Library. The Finals, Reception, and Poster Session will be held in the High Country Conference Center.
|Practice Session||Mon. February 26||2:00 PM - 3:00 PM||RSVP|
|Practice Session||Tues. February 27||9:30 AM - 10:30 AM||RSVP|
|Practice Session||Wed. February 28||10:15 AM - 11:15 AM||RSVP|
|Preliminary Heats||Mon. March 12||TBD|
|Preliminary Heats||Wed. March 14||TBD|
|Finals and Reception||Tues. March 27||3:30 PM|
|GSG Poster Session||Tues. March 27||Following 3MRP Finals|
Training resourcesAccordion Closed
Timelines, judging criteria, and training presentation
- 3MRP Suggested Student Timeline
- 3MRP Judges Evaluation Sheet
- 3MRP Training Session Presentation Slides
Resources available at Cline Library
- Research Assistance from Research Librarians
- The Studios
- Request Studios Assistance
- Reserve Equipment
- NAU Graduate College 3MRP Competition Finals
- University of Queensland
- University of British Columbia
- University of Melbourne
Helpful hints and tips
- Making the Most of Your 3 Minutes– Simon Clews
- Communicating Your Research in Lay Language– Christian A Linte
- 10 Hints for Improving Presentations for the Three Minute Competition– Danielle Fischer
- How to Talk about Your 3 Minute Thesis– Inger Mewburn
- Improv Helps Ph.D.’s Explain Their Work – and Loosen Up