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What is 3MT?

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an international research communication competition created at the University of Queensland, Australia. Since its launch in 2008, the competition has grown in popularity and is run in over 600 universities and institutions in 65 countries around the world. PhD candidates have THREE MINUTES and ONE STATIC POWERPOINT SLIDE to explain their research to a mixed audience. 3MT is not an exercise in trivialising or 'dumbing-down' research, but challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.

Each year, UJ hosts a Three Minute Thesis competition and awards prizes to the winner, runner-up and People's Choice. The winner also gets a chance to compete at the national competition held at the University of the Free State and in the virtual U21 competition, competing against 3MT winners from universities across the globe.

2018 competition

On 7 September, the Postgraduate School organised UJ's fourth annual Three Minute Thesis competition. 18 PhD candidates, nominated by the Vice Deans of their faculties, competed in the competition. Six faculties were represented, including six PhD candidates from the Faculty of Health Sciences and four from Humanities. 

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The presentations were judged by an esteemed panel including: 

  • Dr Anthony Ambala, head of the Multimedia Department, FADA
  • Prof Liz Gunner, visiting research professor in the School of Languages
  • Prof Llewellyn Leonard, former Associate Professor and Vice Dean for Research in CBE
  • Dr Daniel Madyira, senior lecturer in Mechanical Engineering Science, FEBE
  • Prof Reinout Meijboom, professor and head of the department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science 
  • Mr Lebogang Seale, senior manager of Strategic Communications. 
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Ms Oluwademilade Fayemiwo was crowned the winner and also won the People's Choice Award. Mr Watson Munyanyi was runner up and received a R350 book voucher. 
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Ms Fayemiwo and Mr Munyanyi represented UJ at the National 3MT competition on 26 October 2018 at the University of the Free State where Ms Fayemiwo was named runner-up. Ms Fayemiwo’s entry was also filmed and entered into the U21 3MT virtual competition where she competed with 19 other PhD candidates from U21 universities. Congratulations to all of our 2018 3MT competitors whose inspiring and passionate presentations captured the great postgraduate research underway at UJ.

Click here to watch all the entries on youtube. Below are our winner and runner up videos.