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Judging and prizes

Official 3MT® Judging Criteria

At every level of the competition each competitor will be assessed on two judging criteria. Please note that each criterion is equally weighted and has an emphasis on audience.

Criterion 1: 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?

Criterion 2: Engagement & 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?

How Judges will be Chosen

3MT® competitions help doctoral candidates fine-tune their public presentation skills with a long term goal of improving public scientific literacy. Toward this goal, competitors are required to present their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist (lay) audience. Therefore, the Mizzou 3MT planners have invited poeple from all walks of life – parents, faculty, politicians, teachers, journalists, lawyers, business leaders, and University officials - to judge the competition. 

Mizzou 3MT® Prizes

  • First Place will receive a plaque and $500 cash award. The first place contestant will represent Mizzou at regional 3MT contests 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. 
  • Runner-up will receive a plaque and $300 cash award
  • People's Choice will receive a plaque and a $200 cash award.

Note: The monetary prizes will be paid through MU Financial Aid Office and are taxable.