3 Minute Research Presentation
What is 3MRP?
The 3 Minute Research Presentation (3MRP) Competition provides an opportunity for graduate students to explain their thesis, dissertation, capstone research, or creative work in a face-to-face presentation to an intelligent, non-specialist audience in just three minutes. The competition is designed to increase graduate students' communication skills and capacity to effectively present their research, scholarship, or creative work. Learn more about 3MRP
Students may present research they are conducting for a thesis, dissertation, or non-thesis research capstone project or creative work they are working on while pursuing their master's or doctoral degree. Students will present their research face-to-face and compete in heats before advancing to the finals.
The 3MRP competition is similar to the well-established program that is gaining increased momentum across the globe, namely, the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®), which was first developed by the University of Queensland in 2008. This form of research communication is aimed at "developing academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience."
What is the value of the 3MRP?
The 3MRP competition provides graduate students with the opportunity to develop academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Students learn to effectively explain their research or creative work by consolidating their ideas and summarizing their research discoveries into a three minute presentation in language appropriate for an intelligent, non-specialist audience. Students are challenged to present clear and concise, yet engaging and convincing information/discourse on their research or creative work and its significance. Students benefit from the challenge of presenting their research or creative work face-to-face, which allows them to develop presentation skills and experience and could lead to new ideas and collaborations. Presenting complex research and creative works in this non-traditional way also increases the understanding, appreciation, and interest around research and creative work at Northern Arizona University.
Submitting an abstract
The deadline to submit abstracts for the 2016-17 competition is 11:59 PM on Sunday, January 15, 2017.
Abstracts must be submitted using the Abstract Form to 3MRP@nau.edu.
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Information and Training Sessions
The Graduate College offers Training and Practice Sessions for the student participating in the event.
Students accepted to participate in the 3MRP competition are required to attend one training session and one practice session.
Please click on the RSVP links to one of the sessions:
|Session||Dates ||Time|| |
|Training Session||January 24||10:00 AM - 11:00 AM||RSVP|
|Training Session||January 25||2:30 PM - 3:30 PM||RSVP|
|Training Session||January 26||6:00 PM - 7:00 PM||RSVP|
|Practice Session||February 21||9:30 AM - 11:00 AM||RSVP|
|Practice Session||February 22||2:00 PM - 3:30 PM||RSVP|
|Practice Session||February 23||5:30 PM - 7:00 PM||RSVP|
|Preliminary Heats||March 6||9:00 AM - 12:00 PM|| |
|Preliminary Heats||March 7||12:00 PM - 3:00 PM|| |
|Preliminary Heats||March 8||3:00 PM - 6:00 PM|| |
|Finals and Reception||March 28||3:30 PM|| |
|Poster Session||March 28||Following 3MRP Finals|| |
All Sessions (Except the Finals, Reception, and Poster Session) will be held in the Practice/Presentation Studios (Room 131) at Cline Library.
The Finals, Reception, and Poster Session will be held in the High Country Conference Center.
Sessions are open to all graduate students, regardless if they are participating in the competition. Additional Training Resources
Timelines, Judging Criteria, and Training Presentation
Resources Available at Cline Library
Helpful Hints and Tips
2017 Final Competition
The final competition will be Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at 3:30 pm at the High Country Conference Center. The third annual GSG Poster Symposium took place immediately following the 3MRP final competition. For more information about the GSG Poster Symposium, please click here.2016 Final Competition
2015 Final Competition
2016 Final Competition
The final competition was held on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at 3:30 pm in Ashurst Auditorium. The second annual GSG Poster Symposium took place immediately following the 3MRP final competition. For more information about the GSG Poster Symposium, please click here.
|First Place||Uzma Tahir|
|Second Place||Christopher Lanterman|
|Third Place||William Schleiffarth|
|People's Choice||Matthew Muchna|
2016 Finalists (in alphabetical order)
Winners from the 2016 3MRP Competition advanced to the statewide Arizona 3 Minute Grad Slam (AZ3MGS) competition with University of Arizona on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. Two of NAU participants received awards at the AZ3MGS Competition:
- Uzma Tahir, First Place
- Chris Lanterman, Third Place
Sponsors of the final competition:
- Graduate College
- Cline Library
- NAU Retirees Association
- Center for International Education
- Office of the Provost
- Office of the Vice President for Research
- Graduate Student Government
- NAU Bookstore
- College of Education
- College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences
- College of Health and Human Services
- College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
- University College
2014 Final Competition
2015 Final Competition
The final competition was held on Monday, April 6, 2015, in Ashurst Auditorium.
|First Place||Sean Mahoney|
|Second Place||Rachel Lucas|
|Third Place ||Morgan Roberts|
|People's Choice ||Brian Kinslow|
2015 Finalists (in alphabetical order)
2014 Final Competition
The final competition was held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Ashurst Hall. Twenty graduate students participated in the preliminary heats, and twelve students advanced to the finals.
- Watch videos of the final presentations!
|First Place||Serra Hoagland|
|Second Place||John Kline|
|Third Place ||Antony Jaurequi|
|People's Choice Award||Tanya Sutton|
2014 Finalists (in alphabetical order)
|Name||3MRP Title||Program||Department or School||Advisor|
|Ana Dyreson ||Solar Photovoltaics Variability and Spatial Smoothing||MS in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Emphasis||Department of Engineering||Tom Acker|
|Serra Hoagland||Owls, Treatments and Tribes||PhD in Forest Science||School of Forestry ||Paul Beier|
|Anthony Jaurequi||Creation of Polysaccharide Based Aerogels for Integration in an Electronic Double Layer Capacitor||MS in Chemistry ||Department of Chemistry||Cindy Browder and Cornel Ciocanel|
|Tingting Kang||Evaluating the Effectiveness of Podcasts in Second Language Listening and Speaking Instruction||PhD in Applied Linguistics||Department of Engish||Joan Jamieson|
|Annika Keeley||Designing Wildlife Linkages||PhD in Forest Science||School of Forestry||Paul Beier|
|John Kline||A Conversion Table for Running on Lower Body Positive Pressure (LBPP) Treadmills||DPT in Physical Therapy||Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training||Hendrik de Heer|
|Sonia Mehta||Finding the Words||MS in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology||Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders||Emi Isaki|
|Seonmin Park||The Comparison between Input and Output Vocabulary Instruction||PhD in Applied Linguistics||Department of English||Douglas Biber|
|Tanya Sutton||Chemicals, the Environment and You: The Effects of Potentially Disruptive Chemicals on Health Outcomes||MS in Biology||Department of Biological Sciences ||Catherine Propper|
|Jessica Swetish||Benchmarking Models for NASA's Carbon Monitoring System||MS in Environmental Sciences and Policy||School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability||Deborah Huntzinger|
|Emily White||Got Knee Pain? ||DPT in Physical Therapy||Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training||Hendrik de Heer|
|John Williamson||Is She Mad? Facial Affect Recognition Training Through Telepractice for Individuals with Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury||MS in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology||Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders ||Emi Isaki|