Active PhD and Professional Doctorate Research (program composed of at least 2/3 research and eligible for RTP) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of their first virtual presentation are eligible to participate in 3MT competitions at all levels, including the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition. Graduates are not eligible.
Please note: Students enrolled in any of the following programs are not eligible to enter the Virtual Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition:
- Masters (MPhil and coursework); and
- Professional Doctorate (coursework).
Up to 10 entrants, with at least one from each college.
AIMS@JCU students are eligible to participate as an entrant via their affiliated college
Each area putting forward participants for the JCU Final may do so by nomination, or by College / Divisional heats.
Modifications to the 3MT rules have been made to accommodate the new virtual format.
- Presentations are limited to 3 minutes and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
- Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through speech (timing does not include the 3MT title slide and commences from when the competitor starts speaking, not the start of the video).
- Videos must meet the following criteria:
- Filmed on the horizontal;
- Filmed on a plain background;
- Filmed from a static position;
- Filmed from one camera angle;
- Contain a 3MT title slide;
- Contain a 3MT PowerPoint slide (top right corner/right side/cut to)
- A single static slide is permitted in the presentation (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description). This can be visible continuously, or ‘cut to’ (as many times as you like) for a maximum of 1 minute.
- The 3 minute audio must be continuous – no sound edits or breaks.
- No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment and animated backgrounds) are permitted within the recording. Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
- No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted within the video recording.
- The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
- Submissions via video format (only video link provided to Event Coordinators). Files sent in other formats will not be accepted.
- Entries submitted for final adjudication to Wildcard or University Final are to be submitted from the School/ Faculty/Institute 3MT Event Coordinator. Competitors should not submit their videos directly to 3MT.
Please note: competitors *will not* be judged on video/ recording quality or editing capabilities (optional
inclusions). Judging will focus on the presentation, ability to communicate research to a non-specialist audience, and 3MT PowerPoint slide.
Please note: After each competition round competitors have the option to either submit their current presentation or rerecord and submit a new presentation for entry into the next round.
At every level of the competition each competitor will be assessed on the judging criteria listed below. Each criterion is equally weighted and has an emphasis on audience.
Comprehension & Content
- Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance to the research question being addressed, while explaining terminology and avoiding jargon?
- Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?
- Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
- Was the thesis topic, research significance, results/impact and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
- Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation – or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?
Engagement & Communication
- Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
- Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise 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 PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?
Master of Ceremonies
Associate Professor Victoria Kuttainen
Victoria Kuttainen is an Associate Professor in the College of Arts, Society and Education at James Cook University in the field of English and Writing. She holds a BA Honours and Masters of Arts from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and a PhD in postcolonial literature from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. In 2018, as part of her exploration of the nexus between secondary and tertiary education, she completed a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) at James Cook University.
Professor Ngiare Brown
Professor Ngiare Brown is the first female and first Indigenous Chancellor of James Cook University. She was elected as the sixth Chancellor of the University in January 2023, commencing in April 2023. She is also the second member of the University’s alumni to take up the role. A proud Yuin nation woman from the south coast of NSW, Professor Brown is a senior Aboriginal medical practitioner with qualifications in medicine, public health and primary care, and has studied bioethics, medical law and human rights.
Professor Jenny Seddon
Professor Jenny Seddon is the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research at James Cook University. Jenny graduated with a BVSc from the University of Sydney in 1988. After a few years in mixed practice in NSW, she undertook a MSc and PhD in population genetics and held post-doctoral fellowship positions in the UK and Sweden. She returned to Australia in 2004 to take up a teaching and research position at the School of Veterinary Science at The University of Queensland. Jenny has won a UQ Faculty of Science Teaching Excellence Award and led an OIE Veterinary Education Twinning Project to improve veterinary education at a vet school in Viet Nam. Jenny has an international research reputation in conservation genetics of wildlife and has worked with a range of species, most recently ticks, koalas and dugongs, with >90 peer reviewed publications. Jenny gained leadership experience in various roles, notably in a 5-year term as Deputy Head of the UQ School of Veterinary Science and 4 years as the Associate Dean Research and Deputy Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science at The University of Queensland.
Richard Davis is a media professional with more than 25 years’ experience working in journalism and public relations. Richard is Head of Media and Communications at James Cook University, where he has led the University’s strategic communications and media promotion since 2014. Prior to his appointment, Richard was a journalist for 18 years, working for Australia’s public broadcasters SBS and the ABC. From 2005 to 2014, he was a senior Political Reporter for SBS, based at Parliament House in Canberra. Before joining SBS, he worked for the ABC as a TV and radio journalist from 1995 to 2005. During his journalistic career he was based in Sydney, Hobart and Canberra and filed stories from around the world.