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PhD Thesis in 3 Minutes

Can you present your PhD thesis in just three minutes? Can you imagine, an 80 000 words PhD thesis would take 9 hours to present. But, in the 3 minutes challenge seeks for researchers explain their research in three minutes with appropriate languages to a non-specialist audience. Their time limit… just only 3 minutes. The idea for the Three Minutes Thesis (3MT) competition came about at a time when the state of Queensland was suffering severe drought. To conserve water, residents were encouraged to time their showers, and many people had a three minute egg timer fixed to the wall in their bathroom. The then Dean of the UQ Graduate School, Emeritus Professor Alan Lawson, put two and two together and the idea for the 3MT competition was born in 2008.


The 3MT 2019 National Level Competition was hosted by Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Perak and participated by 21 universities comprised 58 contestants from various disciplines took part in this prestigious competition on June 25, 2019.




Three categories are contested: Science and Technology, Engineering and Social Science. 58 participants from 21 universities presented their speech. All the participants were PhD students from public universities and private universities who are affiliated with Majlis Dekan Pengajian Siswazah (MDPS). A total of 15 professional judges comprising academic and industry judges were selected for the competition. Winners of the Grand Prize for the competition are sponsored by Springer Nature.


Nurfatimah Mohd Thani, a UPM PhD student from the Faculty of Engineering with her presentation entitled “Sweet Success with Subcritical Water” brought back RM1500.00 after being announced as the champion and winner for Science & Technology category.



The other two contestants from UPM is Nurliyana Mohamad and Goh Soon Heng from the Faculty of Science and Veterinary Medicine with their 3MT title presentation “Fishy Business: Understanding Vibrio Infection in Cultured Marine Fish” and “Leptospirosis: My K9 Story”.




3MT, University of Queensland



Date of Input: 10/01/2020 | Updated: 04/04/2022 | akmalhafiz


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