SBU Three Minute Thesis
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Stony Brook celebrates our students' exciting PhD research with the Three Minute Thesis competition.
This year, Round 1 of the competition will be evaluated based on recorded videos from our competitors. The top eight finalists then will proceed to the final Round 2, which will be held live via Zoom on on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Best talk winners will be announced at the close of the event.
- SBU Alumni Association
- Graduate Student Organization
- Graduate School, and
- Career Center.
3MT is a model developed by the University of Queensland.
Three Minute Thesis, or 3MT® for short, is a spoken word thesis competition. 3MT is an opportunity for SBU graduate students to present their dissertation research findings to a general audience in THREE MINUTES with only one PowerPoint slide. The goal is for students to engage all their communication skills to make their research vivid and engaging while emphasizing its key point without technical terminology or field-specific jargon.
Graduate students who compete will receive specialized coaching. While 3MT is a competition, SBU emphasizes the professional development derived from participating in small-group research communication coaching. Coaching uses a cohort approach that encourages peer feedback and support.
SBU 3MT 2021 FINAL ROUND AGENDA:
Agenda subject to change.
3MT 2021 COMPETITORS:
|First Name||Last Name||Graduate Program||Thesis Advisor||Title & Round 1 Videos|
|QINGQING||CAO||Computer Science||Aruna Balasubramanian and Niranjan Balasubramanian||Answering Questions in a Faster and Greener Way|
|CHUANKAI||CHEN||Genetics||Richard Lin||Fighting Pancreatic Cancer: A Race Against Time|
|CAITLIN||DUFFY||English||Susan Scheckel||America: Land of the Free, Home of the Gothic|
|FIRMAN||FIRMANSYAH||Technology, Policy, and Innovation||Todd L. Pittinsky||Why Are Your Friends Usually Like You?|
|LINGQING||GAN||Electrical Engineering||Petar M. Djuric||Discovering Hidden Networks: Who is Influencing Who?|
|JON||HEGGESTAD||English||Elyse Graham||Imagining a Family for Everyone|
|MEGAN||HINES||Art History and Criticism||Katy Siegel||The Art of Biotechnology: Seeing the Biotech Revolution through the Eyes of Artists|
|YIXIN||HU||Molecular and Cellular Biology||Bruce Stillman||How DNA Replication Machinery and Gene Silencing System Evolve Together?|
|SHRUTI||IYER||Genetics||W. Richard McCombie||Solving Genetic Puzzles to Understand Cancer|
|CONG||LIU||Chemistry||Ken Dill||Speed Up Searching for Needles in a Haystack|
|ZAHRA||MALEKI SHAHRAKI||Civil Engineering||Xinwei Mao||Wastewater Treatment in Your Backyard|
|TAYLOR||MEDWIG-KINNEY||Genetics||David Matus||What Drives Cells to Invade?|
|ADELLE||MOLINA||Marine and Atmospheric Sciences||Janet Nye||The Impact of Climate Change on New York Blue Crab Populations: A Warmer and Crabbier Future|
|KEVIN||MURPHY||History||Jennifer Anderson||Promises and Power in Early America|
|NATALIA||NAVAS||Sociology||Daniel Levy||How People Change Politics from Abroad|
|CHUN-HAO||PAN||Molecular and Cellular Biology||Kenneth Shroyer and Luisa Escobar-Hoyos||Targeting Keratin 17 in Pancreatic Cancer: A Therapeutic Window Opens|
|RACHEL||PERLMAN||Interdepartmental Doctoral Program In Anthropological Sciences||Andreas Koenig and Amy Lu||Why Grass-Eating Monkeys Like “Potatoes” Too|
|CHARUTA||PETHE||Computer Science||Steve Skiena||Can AI Break Down a Story into Meaningful Pieces?|
|DREW||ROSEN||Science Education||Angela Kelly||Learning Alone Together|
|AMANDA||RUSSO||Integrative Neuroscience, Psychology||Ryan Parsons||Getting Rid of Traumatic Memories|
|SARA||SANTOS||English||Justin Johnston||Living in the End of the World|
|VIDUSHI||SHARMA||Physics||Marivi Fernandez-Serra||Learning to Thrive with Dihydrogen Monoxide|
|ZARED||SHAWVER||Cognitive Science, Psychology||Richard Gerrig||Can Mysteries Change How You Think?|
|XIAONING||WU||Marine and Atmospheric Sciences||Kevin Reed and Christopher Wolfe||Ocean Memories of Hurricanes|
|CHENYU||ZHOU||Materials Science||Mingzhao Liu||Water to Fuel: Fiction or Fact?|
|YICONG||ZHU||Applied Mathematics and Statistics||Yuefan Deng||Defeating the Number 1 Killer in the World|
Eligibility: Competitors must be SBU graduate students who have advanced to candidacy (G5 or equivalent), and their research must be at a stage where findings, preliminary conclusions, and broader impact can be discussed. Students may be in any disciplinary field. Those in the Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences are particularly encouraged to participate. Students must affirm that their graduate advisor supports presentation of their research during speaker sign up.
All speakers must commit to participating in the 3 training sessions. *
Presentation Guidelines: Talks will be three minutes long and may include only one PowerPoint slide. Speakers should craft a talk that distills the heart of their research for a general audience who may not be specialists, in the style of a TED talk. Speakers will receive individualized coaching on their presentation from research communication experts. See the official rules for more information.
Because of the continuing pandemic, 3MT 2021 will have Round 1 judged based on recordings of the talks recorded through Zoom by our event organizers. The top eight finalists will then present their talk via a live Zoom presentation on April 28th for the final Round 2.
Training Sessions: The first session will provide an overview of best practices for honing one's message for a general audience. In the second and third sessions, speakers will receive coaching on their individual talks in small groups. Speakers may indicate a preference for their small-group sessions, and organizers will do their best to accommodate everyone's busy schedules. Speakers are expected to attend all three sessions. See training dates and times below. Coaching takes place in small groups where peer feedback and support is encouraged while students workshop their draft presentations.
Speaker Sign Up Deadline: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2021
Speaker Training Dates: (Speakers are expected to commit to all three sessions *)
- Session 1: * Plenary Training: Your introduction to the Alda Center Method, Wed, March 10, 3:00-5:00 pm
Session 2: Coaching 1: Individualized coaching on your draft 3MT talk. You will be assigned
to one of four times:
- Wednesday, March 24, 3:00-5:00 pm, OR
- Thursday, March 25, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, OR
- Thursday, March 25, 12:30-2:30 pm, OR
- Thursday, March 25, 3:00-5:00 pm.
Session 3: Coaching 2: Individualized coaching on your almost-final 3MT talk. You will be assigned
to one of four times:
- Wednesday, April 7, 3:00-5:00 pm, OR
- Thursday, April 8, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, OR
- Thursday, April 8, 12:30-2:30 pm, OR
- Thursday, April 8, 3:00-5:00 pm.
You can indicate a preference for coaching sessions in the sign up form below. Please try to save the coaching dates on your calendar until you know you are selected.
Speaker sign-up deadline: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Go to the Sign Up form
and enter your contact info.
- Affirm that your graduate advisor supports you presenting your work in the 3MT competition.
- Agree to participate in three training sessions to be held on March 10 * AND March 24or25 AND April 7or8. You can indicate a preference of two small-group coaching times for Sessions 2 & 3 ( see times above).
- After submission, you will receive confirmation on whether you have been selected to compete. At that time, we will request a title from selected speakers.
Competitor Selection: Organizers aim to accommodate as many eligible students as want to compete, but competitor slots nevertheless are limited. Competitor selection, if necessary, will take into account coaching date availability, disciplinary and demographic balance.
Judging: The talks will be evaluated by a panel of judges from a range of backgrounds and disciplines for how well the speaker engages a general audience of non-specialists and can convey the excitement and innovation of their research without jargon or distortion. See the full judging criteria.
Prizes: Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, plus a People's Choice award selected by the audience. Prizes are generously sponsored by the SBU Alumni Association.
People's Choice: $300
Contact Dr. Kathleen Flint Ehm, Assistant Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Initiatives (kathleen.ehm at stonybrook.edu).