Dear PhD Candidates,
The UM3MT competition is back!
Calling for participants who dare to take the challenge for this year UM3MT. This is the opportunity to share your fascinating and valuable research work with the campus community, and if you are the ONE, an interesting prize is yours!
Before that, please read through the important things that YOU MUST KNOW about this competition:
What is it UM3MT?
UM3MT (University of Malaya Three Minute Thesis) is a University of Malaya base Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.
The 3MT competition is first developed by The University of Queensland, Australia, to provide a great platform for research students in exercising their communication and research skills through a three minute presentation.
The participants should explain their theses in language that is comprehensible for a non-specialist audience.
Why do it?
To provide communication skills training for postgraduate research students
To provide an outlet for postgraduate research students to talk about their work to a general audience
When and where is it?
• Faculty level competition:
11 May 2015 (Monday) at 10.00 am, The Cube Block A, FCSIT
• University level competition:
12 June 2015 (Friday)
Who can participate?
• Active PhD candidates who have completed at least three (3) semesters
What are the rules for participants?
• Only a single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (without slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description).
• No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
• No props (e.g. costumes, instruments) are permitted.
• Wearing decent attire is encouraged.
• Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
• Presentations are restricted to a maximum of three (3) minutes and competitors exceeding 3 minutes will be disqualified.
• The judging panel’s decision is final.
What are the judging criteria?
• Presentations should include:
o Why your research is important?
o What you have done to address the research question?
o What long term outcomes are you anticipating?
• The judging panel will be looking for:
1) COMPREHENSION & CONTENT:
o Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
o Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
o Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
o Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
o Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
o Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?
2) ENGAGEMENT & COMMUNICATION:
o Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
o Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?
o Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
o Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
o Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
o Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?
• PTj level competition
• First place: RM500 + trophy + certificate
• Second place: RM250 + trophy + certificate
• UM level competition
• First place: RM3,000 + trophy + certificate
• Second place: RM1,500 + trophy + certificate
So, Hurry up! And submit your name via firstname.lastname@example.org before 7 May 2015
All the best!
DEPUTY DEAN (POSTGRADUATE)