Sharing Research Broadly: Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) at Texas A&M Universit




Hammons, Laura

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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®), initiated at the University of Queensland, Australia, is a competition in which graduate students attempt to convey the impact of their research to a general audience using compelling words and delivery – and, in just three minutes. Prompted by the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools, with the inclusion of a regional 3MT® competition at its 2014 Annual Meeting, Texas A&M University organized a campus-wide effort to promote, educate, and host a 3MT® competition. The 3MT® provides an excellent opportunity to promote graduate student thesis/dissertation research in transformative ways, while providing professional development to graduate students on the fine skills of orally and visually communicating the purpose and impact of their research to the world. As students generally engage in 3MT® efforts prior to or parallel with completing their degree programs, it also holds the potential – through collaborations among the Graduate School, Library, and others – to demonstrate to graduate student participants the value of scholarly communications, enrich the electronic thesis and dissertation with video that is more broadly appealing, etc. While Texas A&M University has only begun to consider these possibilities, the success of our first 3MT® competition holds promise for future initiatives. This poster will introduce the 3MT® program at Texas A&M University and consider the elements necessary for developing a successful initiative.


Poster presentation for the 2014 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL).


electronic theses and dissertations