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Accepted Abstracts to the 2018 IADR/PER General Session & Exhibition are eligible to apply to be part of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. The deadline to apply for the competition is April 30, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

View the winning presentation from the 2017 IADR 3MT® Competition:


The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.


Active Ph.D. and Professional Doctorate (Research; e.g., D.M.Sc.) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (e.g., thesis defense) and candidates whose thesis is under review by the date of abstract submission.  Eligible candidates are expected to present at the IADR General Session to also participate in this 3MT® competition.  Graduates beyond one year of receipt of degree are not eligible.

*Professional Doctorate* (Research) (program composed of at least 2/3 research) and funded via the Research Training Scheme (for Australian students).


If you meet the eligibility requirement and are interested in being considered for this competition, apply for the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition in Step 3: Properties when completing your abstract submission. You must complete the required components of the application, 1) link to a video of the presenter presenting the single static PowerPoint slide and 2) the single static PowerPoint slide.


The final winner of the IADR competition will receive an award in the form of a cash prize of US $500.


  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.


At every level of the competition each competitor will be assessed on the judging criteria listed below. Each criterion is equally weighted and has an emphasis on audience.

Comprehension & Content

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • 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?

Engagement & Communication

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
  • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?

Examples of winning 3MT® presentations may be found at