3MT Competition at CWRU

The second annual competition at CWRU will be held on Friday, February 17, 2023, 12:45 - 3:30 PM in the Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom. During the competition, each student will have three minutes and only a single slide to effectively explain their research and its significance in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. 

View last year's the event agenda here.

  • CWRU students enrolled in either a Master’s or Doctoral program with an original research project may compete.
  • IGS and BS/MS students in the graduate phase of their program are eligible to participate
  • Undergraduate students are not eligible to participate
  • A single static slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description, 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 (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage (if possible for the final round). 
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • Decisions made by the adjudicating panel are final.
  • Video submissions need to be less than or equal to 3 minutes, i.e. 3:01 will be disqualified.
  • Presentations are expected to be of the spoken word format (no poems, no rap, no songs, no additional electronic media like sound and video files, no additional props are allowed).
  • The 3 minute submission needs to be continuous without any interruptions or edits.
  • Video submissions need to meet the following criteria to qualify for judging:
    • We recommend that videos be recorded via Zoom (all CWRU students have access to this)*
    • Must be filmed from a single camera angle throughout the presentation
    • Camera position should be horizontal so that the presenter is clearly visible under ambient lighting
    • Presenter needs to be seen physically in the video
    • Static slide with no animations, slide transitions or movements
    • Clear audio with no background noise
    • Clear visibility of text and figures on the slide 
  • The slide background can be white or any other color, as long as the images (and the text within the images) are clearly visible on the Zoom screen.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final and cannot be challenged.

*Watch the recording from the 2022-23 virtual CWRU Research Communications Workshop for tips on recording via Zoom.

Comprehension and 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 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 and Communication

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize 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?
  • 1st Place Award: $2,000

  • 2nd Place Award: $1,500

  • 3rd Place Award: $1,000

  • People's Choice Award: 3 Awards, $350 each

  • Translational Fellows Postdoc Prize: $1,000

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Office of Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary Education and Research, School of Graduate Studies Professional Development Center, Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship, Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership, and the Science and Human Rights Coalition

The 3MT winner will represent CWRU at the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3MT competition on March 31, 2023. The MAGS 2023 Annual Meeting is scheduled for March 29-31, in Chicago, IL (travel costs will be covered by CWRU). 

  • Rachel Begley, Director, Graduate Studies, Professional Development Center (3MT admin advisor)

  • Yi Fan Chen, MD/PhD Student, Genetics and Genome Sciences

  • Stephen Fening, PhD, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, and Managing Director, Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership (3MT faculty advisor)

  • Pamela Robinson, PhD Student, Management, Designing Sustainable Systems

  • Zoe Sekyonda, PhD Student, Biomedical Engineering

  • Kathryn Wilcox, PhD Student, Macromolecular Science and Engineering (steering committee)

Contact us at 3mt@cwru.edu