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Three Minute Thesis - For Judges

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Are you interested in being a judge for the Three Minute Thesis competition? Learn more below. 

Be a 3MT Judge 

Penn State faculty, staff, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and alumni are invited to serve as judges in the opening round of the competition. Judging will take place remotely, and each judge will be assigned 6-8 video presentations that need to be evaluated during the week of February 19–23. The final round will be judged by a panel of invited alumni, faculty, graduate students, and others.

Judge registration for the first round is now closed.

Judging Criteria

Winners for each round will be determined by a panel of judges using the official 3MT competition rubric, which includes the criteria below.  

Comprehension and Content

  • Presentation provided clear background and significance to the research question 
  • Presentation clearly described the research strategy/design and the results/findings of the research 
  • Presentation clearly described the conclusions, outcomes and impact of the research 

Engagement and Communication

  • The oration was delivered clearly, and the language was appropriate for a non-specialist audience 
  • The presentation slide was well-defined and enhanced the presentation 
  • The presenter conveyed enthusiasm for their research and captured and maintained the audience's attention 

Successful competitors will spend adequate time on each element of the presentation without rushing while emphasizing the significance and application of his/her research and leaving the audience wanting to learn more.


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