CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The College of Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted its first ever Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on October 29, at the University Center. The competition was open to all Islander doctoral students, with a similar competition for master’s students to be held in spring 2016 during Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week.
The 3MT was created by the University of Queensland, Australia, to celebrate the research of graduate students while promoting and improving students’ presentation, academic and research communication skills. Rules of the presentation included the use of a single static PowerPoint slide, no electronic media and no additional props or movements. Any presentation over three minutes long is disqualified.
“An 80,000 word thesis would take nine hours to present,” said Dr. JoAnn Canales, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “The three minute time limit, plus the other stringent rules, encouraged the students to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.”
Five doctoral students from Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Coastal and Marine System Science and Marine Biology programs participated. The judges included Rachel Canales, CEO of Canlong and Rachel Four Investments; Jeremy Garza, President and CEO of Gulf Coast Federal Credit Union; and A&M-Corpus Christi’s Director of Theater and Dance Don Luna.
“Don Luna studied at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University in New York, making him an invaluable asset to the judging of the 3MT competition,” said Canales. “Also, kudos to Dr. Steve Seidel, College of Graduate Studies Fellow, and his graduate assistant, Alora Korb, for this very successful inaugural event of professional development opportunities for graduate students.”
The prizes for 1st place included a $500 gift card plus travel and admission fees to the annual meeting of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools in February 2016. The second place prize was a $300 gift card. The “people’s choice” prize was a $200 gift card. Winners included: