Tsz-Chui, RD in Public Health Nutrition and a master’s candidate and graduate research assistant in the Department of Nutrition in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences was named a semi-finalist in UT’s Graduate School 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Competition.
Twelve finalists were chosen to compete in a final competition that took place on April 6, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in Hollingsworth Auditorium. This was one of the capstone events of Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week. Anyone preparing a master’s thesis, doctoral dissertation, or who play a major role in research-based projects (including case studies) was eligible to apply and be selected to participate. WHAT IS THE 3MT Competition? Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition originally developed by The University of Queensland in 2008, and now has been widely adopted at universities around the world. The exercise challenges masters and doctoral students to present a compelling talk on their Thesis/Dissertation topic and its significance. Many theses and dissertations can be over 80,000 words and take hours to present, but students in this competition have just three minutes and one slide to convey their often highly-technical research to a lay audience. Presentations are judged by two main criteria: comprehension/content and engagement. Did the presentation help the audience (who may have no background at all in the research area) understand the topic? Did the method of presentation make the audience want to know more?