Three Minute Thesis competition

Three Minute Thesis competition

Three Minute Thesis competition

‌‌The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition for research students. Participants present their research verbally in just three minutes and with related contents on one PowerPoint slide. The winner of the finals will win a £1000 travelling/research grant, as well as the opportunity to take part in a national 3MT® competition. Heats take place in each of the Colleges, with 12 finalists going forward to the Grand Final, where they perform their three minutes to a wide-ranging audience, including invited guests and alumni, showcasing the wide diversity of ground-breaking research taking place at Glasgow. 

‌And the winner is...

The Grand Final took place on 18th March 2016, with an audience of nearly 100, including students, friends, family, supervisors and alumni.  

Overall winner: Ruth Turner, School of Humanities

Runner up: Paula Sweeten, Centre for Cell Engineering

People's Choice: Eloise Larson, Biomedical Engineering

Spirit of Engagement Award: School of Humanities

Further information and rules can be found in the 3MT handbook. 3MT® was initially developed at the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia and has since spread to other universities, with this being the first competition in Scotland. 

Follow 3MT Glasgow on on Facebook and on Twitter. For further information about 3MT at Glasgow, contact Elizabeth Adams.

Well done to all of our 2016 finalists

Eloise Larson (SCI&ENG) – ‘Sound Diagnosis’
Xi King (SCI&ENG) – ‘Surface Acoustic Waves: Smart Drug Delivery’
Adrienne Macartney (SCI&ENG) – ‘Petrifying climates: lessons from early Mars’
Colin Reilly (ARTS) - ‘English is a Problem’
Carolina Reolon Jardim (ARTS) - ‘English Dictionaries in Brazil: An Open Goal’
Ruth Turner (ARTS) ‘Clydebank and the Singer Factory’
Paula Sweeten (MVLS) ‘Learning to culture blood stem cells to improve chemotherapy’
Lauren Wills (MVLS) - ‘How Do We Mend A Broken Heart?’
Antonina Mutoro (MVLS) - ‘Improving child care in urban slums in Kenya’
Sheela Tripathee (SOCSCI) - 'Men managing their weight: influences from and on their partners'
Yan Zheng (SOCSCI) - 'The Story, the Touchscreen and the Child: How Story Apps Tell Stories'
Chizoba Obi (SOCSCI) - 'Government debt crisis - A solution'

Watch the films from the heats by following menu items on the left.

School or Research Institute 'spirit of engagement' Prize

This year for the first time, we also awarded a School/RI prize.  We want the competition to reflect the diversity of research and researchers at Glasgow and the prize celebrates the supportive culture that a School can provide, to encourage researchers to challenge themselves and find new ways to communicate their research to a wider audience. 

Previous competitions

Jamie Gallagher,  winner of the 2013 3MT Thesis Competition at the University of Glasgow, on why 3MT is a great opportunity for PhD researchers.

The competition ran for the first time in Glasgow in 2013, with finalists going on to represent the University at the National Final in Leeds, where Alexia (School of Education) took 3rd prize, whilst Jamie Gallagher took first prize in the Universitas 21 virtual competition. In 2014, Richard Middlemiss (School of Physics and Astronomy) won the UK Final, winning a prize of travel to the Faroe Islands, to film a documentary about the Northern Lights. 

Follow the links on the left hand side to view the films from previous years.