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NUS 3MT Video Competition - Deadline Extended to 4th September!

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Dear Graduate Students,

Do you have the ability to showcase your research to a general audience in three minutes? Then the NUS Three Minute Thesis (NUS 3MT) Competition is the competition for you!

The NUS 3MT competition is proudly organized by the NUS Graduate Students’ Society to select the best candidate to represent NUS at the Universitas 21 (U21) 3MT Final.

The 3MT Competition was first developed by the University of Queensland, with the intention to cultivate graduate students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The focus of this competition is to showcase one’s ability to explain their thesis research in a three-minute video, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. This year, eighteen U21 schools from countries worldwide will compete in the 3MT competition, and you could be the one representing NUS!

How to Participate:

You must be a PhD student who have passed your preliminary qualifying examination but have not graduated. Graduates are not eligible.

Register yourself HERE.

Upload your three-minute video to your dropbox or Google Drive and email the video link to our Director of Academic Affairs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline for video submission: 20 August 2015  4 September 2015

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A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of many description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.

No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.

No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.

Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.

Presentations are to be spoken word (eg. no poems, raps or songs).

Presentations are to commence from the stage.

Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.

The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Judging Criteria

The judging panel will consist of esteemed professors from NUS and senior research students from NUS Graduate Students’ Society who will judge your video based on the following criteria:

Comprehension & Content:

Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?

Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?

Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?

Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?

Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?

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 and 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?


First Prize: S$1000

First runner-up: S$800

Second runner-up: $500

People’s Choice (Most public likes on our YouTube channel): $500

For more information and to watch previous winning videos, do visit the official 3MT website:

Videos from previous years' winners can be found HERE.


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