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Eligibility & Rules

Official 3MT® Eligibility

According to the offical 3MT® rules at the University of Queensland, "Active PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of their first presentation are eligible to participate in 3MT competitions at all levels... Graduates are not eligible." Source

Mizzou-specific 3MT® Eligibility

Mizzou's 3MT® competition is open to domestic and international PhD candidates in research-based degree programs who:

  1. submitted the signed consent form showing permission of their primary dissertation advisor by October 9, 2017; 
  2. passed comprehensive examinations and have a signed D-3 form on file with the Office of Graduate Studies by October 20, 2017;
  3. attend one of the mandatory Mizzou 3MT orientation sessions;
  4. complete Mizzou 3MT training & practice sessions or an equivalent public speaking program (like Decoding Science) or a graduate course on research outreach; and
  5. meet all Mizzou 3MT deadlines.

Those who have successfully defended during the fall semester may still participate in 3MT, as Mizzou grad degrees are not conferred until December commencement. Those who have have graduated are not eligible.

You MUST be available for orientation, the preliminary rounds; semifinals (if held) and finals. No exceptions. If selected as one of the Mizzou's 3MT® winners, ccompetitors must also agree to (a) meet with Dr. Milbre Burch to hone presentation skills further and (b) participate in regional 3MT® competitions including the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools, February 22-25, 2018 in Fayetteville, AR and the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools, April 4-6, 2018 in Grand Rapids, MI. Travel expenses will be paid for by the University. 

The presentation must be made in English.

Official 3MT® Rules*

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any 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. Competitors exceeding 3 minutes (i.e., those who continue to talk) are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage (or front of the room).
  • 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.

*Additional rules for Mizzou's 3MT® contest: When the planning committee notifies you of your presentation time (about a week before the competition), you must re-confirm your participation AND submit your single slide for the competition. Failure to confirm or submit your slide by October 17, 2016 will result in disqualification.