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Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

The annual WCGS/GSK Three-Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition is a joint competition for Weill Cornell Graduate School and Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School students 

3MT®, founded by the University of Queensland, Australia, is an event that "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.”

Students who have joined their thesis laboratory have been invited to participate in the competition. Participation is entirely optional. Each participant will have three minutes and one slide to describe their research to a non-specialist audience. Additional rules and example winning presentations from other institutions can be found at threeminutethesis.org. A panel of judges representing students, faculty, and staff will judge the talks. 

A Weill Cornell Medicine Magazine article about our inaugural event is available here.

Winners from past events:

2016

1st Prize: Mojdeh Shakiba (Weill Cornell Graduate School, PBSB, PI: Andrea Schietinger)
Antigen Affinity and T cell Dysfunction in Tumors

2nd Prize: Nicole Weiss (Weill Cornell Graduate School, PBSB, PI: Minkui Luo)
Study of NSD2 by Bioorthogonal Profiling of Protein Methylation (BPPM)

3rd Prize: Mary Klein (Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School; PI: Andy Koff)
Bedside to Bench and Back Again: Uncovering mechanisms that affect the clinical outcome of CDK4 inhibition 

People’s Choice: Mojdeh Shakiba 

2015

1st Prize: Robert Frawley (Weill Cornell Graduate School, PBSB)
A Glimpse at a New Spinal Fusion: Using transformed cells to produce mineral in a targeted fashion and possibly spare patients a painful surgery.
 
2nd Prize: Srivarsha Rajshekar (Weill Cornell Graduate School, BCMB)
Heterochromatin: Loose it and Lose it!
 
3rd Prize: Marta Kovatcheva (Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School)
Slamming the Breaks on Cancer: Understanding how molecular mechanisms dictate patient response to CDK4 inhibition
People's Choice: Robert Frawley and Srivarsha Rajshekar (tie)

Judging Criteria

  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 explain jargon and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation and/or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect?

  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 slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?


Rules

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any kind; 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 (i.e. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presenters are not to read from a written script.
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when presenters start their presentation through movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

3MT Resources

Videos of winning presentations from around the world:
http://threeminutethesis.org/3mt-showcase
http://vimeo.com/threeminutethesis/videos
http://vimeo.com/61598778
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQO6rCQt5iA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AD1hGELyg_k

For more information about the Weill Cornell Graduate School competition, contact Leora Yasgur (ley2005@med.cornell.edu).

                                                                                        

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