3MT Competition at CWRU

The fourth annual competition at CWRU will be held on February 28, 2025, 12:40 - 3:15 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 the competition and event timeline here. 

  • TBD (Fall 24): Information & Research Communications Session
  • TBD (Fall 24): Information & Research Communications Session
  • Monday, November 18, 2024, 11:59 PM: Deadline to Submit Video for CWRU First Round. Top competitors will move on to the final round. The video submission form will be posted here in the fall.
  • January 2025 (TBA): Perfecting Your 3MT Slide Workshop (Zoom Session)
  • January 2025 (TBA): Perfecting Your 3MT Pitch Workshop (Zoom Session)
  • Thursday, February 13, 2025, 12 - 2 PM: Practice Session for 3MT Finalists, Tinkham University Center, Ballroom A.
  • Wednesday, February 19, 2025, 12 - 2 PM: Practice Session for 3MT Finalists (In-Person), Tinkham University Center, Ballroom A.
  • February 28, 2025, 12:40 - 3:15 PM : CWRU Final Round 3MT Competition (In-Person & Livestream)
  • April 4, 2025 (tentative - to be confirmed): 1st Place CWRU 3MT winner will compete at the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools Regional Competition held during the 2024 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Late Spring Semester 2025: Winners of the CWRU competition will be celebrated at the 2023 Graduate Awards Ceremony. More information will be posted soon.
  • 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
  • Postdoctoral Scholars and Fellows may compete.
  • 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 2023-24 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: $500

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

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 April 4, 2025 (tentative - to be confirmed). The MAGS 2025 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana (travel costs will be covered by CWRU). 

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

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

  • Wesley Chen, Program Operations Manager, Pilot Coordinator, Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative, Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership

  • Eric Moore, Director, Graduate Studies, Spoken English Language Programs

Contact us at 3mt@cwru.edu