The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition

IMS2017 3MT® Daniel Tajik, First Place Winner and Audience Choice Winner

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What is 3MT®?

Abstract: The Three Minute Thesis 3MT® competition, developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, in 2008, “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.” In three minutes or less, using only one static slide, and no other props, contestants deliver their presentation to a panel of non-specialist judges. These judges rank the contestants, based on how engaging, accessible, and compelling they made their presentation. A candidate who goes overtime is disqualified.

What is 3MT® for IMS?

Proposed and organized by John Bandler and Erin Kiley, and first held at IMS2017 in Honolulu, the IMS Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition is designed for eligible students and young professionals, who indicate upon submission of a paper their desire to enter the competition and whose paper is accepted for either oral or interactive forum presentation.

3MT® contestants make a presentation of three minutes or less, supported only by one static slide, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Highly ranked contestants are awarded cash prizes.

IMS 3MT® Goals

The IMS 3MT® Competition is designed to stimulate interest in the wide range of applications of microwave technology. Such information would help renew the public’s interest in microwaves as a transformative technology that is rewarding both to those who study it, and to those whose daily lives benefit from incorporation of scientific developments in consumer products.

3MT® at IMS2018

The Playlist for IMS2018 Competition Videos can be seen here:

IMS2018 3MT® Kae-An Liu

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Links to Videos from the Inaugural IMS2017 3MT® Competition

You can find selected videos from the inaugural IMS2017 3MT® Competition on the MTT-S IMS YouTube channel

Daniel Tajik, “Microwave Holography: The Future of Medical Imaging,” IMS2017 3MT® First Place Winner and Audience Choice Winner.

Shirin Montazeri, “Low-power Electronics for Future Telescopes,” IMS2017 3MT® Second Place Winner.

Sandamali Devadithya, “Fast Radar Imaging: Shorter Queues at Airport Security,” IMS2017 3MT® Third Place Winner.

Farhan Abdul Ghaffar, “Don’t Talk Back!” IMS2017 3MT® Honorable Mention.

Related Workshops and Articles

J.W. Bandler, “Effective presentations,” Professional Session: Preparing and Presenting Papers for MTT-S Journals and Conferences, IEEE MTT-S Int. Microwave Symp., San Francisco, CA, May 25, 2016.

J.W. Bandler, “You, you slides and your posters: allies or foes,” Public Seminar, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Nov. 4, 2016.

John Bandler and Ana Kovacevic, “Clear, brief, engaging: your thesis in three minutes,” McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, January 24, 2017.

J.W. Bandler, E.M. Kiley, and A. Kovacevic, “The art of effectively communicating complex, highly technical work in three minutes,” IEEE MTT-S Webinar, March 28, 2017.

J.W. Bandler and E.M. Kiley, “In the first few blinks of an eye: the basics of engaging presentations,” IEEE Microwave Magazine, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 112-114, March/April 2017.

J.W. Bandler and E.M. Kiley, “Brevity, clarity, engagement: the IMS2017 Three Minute Thesis competition,” IEEE Microwave Magazine, vol. 18, no.3, pp. 85-87, May 2017.