The University of Queensland developed the following FAQs to assist students wishing to participate in 3MT®. PNW has adapted the FAQ for our competition.
Currently active senior undergraduate students and graduate students in all disciplines at Purdue University Northwest will be eligible to participate in 3MT®. Graduate and senior undergraduates will be competing in separate tracks in the competition.
Yes, palm cards and/or speech notes are acceptable, however this option may detract from the delivery of the 3MT and is not recommended.
No, additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are not permitted during a 3MT presentation. Laser pointers are allowed, however not encouraged (your slide should be simple enough that you do not need to emphasize elements to the audience).
Yes, quotes can be included from a poem or song if it is relevant to the presenter’s research topic. Poetry and song lyrics are not permitted to be used to present the entire 3MT and their use should be very limited.
No. While we appreciate everyone has a different presentation style, the purpose of the activity is to “engage the audience without reducing research to entertainment value alone”. 3MT™ is primarily about developing a student’s oration skills. It is important that the competition is not seen as trivializing research or science.
One single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. In preparing the slide, remember that ‘less is more’. It does not have to include text. Visual cues are very effective in assisting the presenter’s explanation of their research (No slide transitions, animations, sound or ‘movement’ is permitted).
No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) is permitted during a 3MT presentation.
While this decision rests with each School/Faculty/University, we would discourage remote presentations. As an important aspect of the competition is audience engagement, anyone who would choose to present via conferencing facilities would be at a disadvantage compared to other competitors.
Yes. A laser pointer is not considered a prop. However, the emphasis is on the oration.
No, however it is our preferred format as all slides will be collated into a single PowerPoint presentation form competition.
No. The slide is optional as the emphasis is on the oration.
In the PNW 3MT® Final, a 20-second warning will be provided to competitors (a colored board held up by timekeeper). If a presenter continues to speak after the 3-minute time limit, the presenter will be automatically disqualified.
Dress code is business casual, if you are unsure of how to dress you may like to dress for a job interview or an important meeting. Jeans, t-shirts, or athletic shoes are not included as business casual dress. Do not wear a costume of any kind as this is against the rules (as is the use of props).
No, a colored board held up by timekeeper will be used to show the warning of 20-second remaining.
Yes, it is possible to win a place (First and Runner-Up) and win the People’s Choice award.
Yes, supporting fellow students is important.
3MT® presentations will be recorded and published to YouTube. The YouTube video publication date will be approved by the supervising professor.