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3MT celebrates the exciting research conducted by Ph.D. students. Developed by The University of Queensland, the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Winner of the 2014 UQ 3MT Dr. Megan Rossi talks about how the 3MT competition helped her career.

Preparation Series with Scott Morgan

The GSA is proud to welcome back Scott Morgan as the instructor for the Three Minute Thesis workshop series. This series will consist of three workshops that focus on teaching the necessary skills to craft and tell a Ph.D.’s story in three minutes. Below are descriptions of each workshop.

Session 1: Initial Seminar – Nov 13, 2019 Time-(02:00 P.M.- 04:00 P.M.) Location-Commons 329

The first session will consist of group instruction in which all participants learn the components and parameters of their talk. They will also learn how to begin crafting their message, and select the most useful imagery. Video examples are presented and analyzed. (90 minutes)

Session 2: Individual appointments – March 4th, 2020 Time-(8:30-4:00 P.M.) Location- Commons 318

In the second session, students meet one-on-one with the instructor for 30 minutes to go over individual presentations for slide design, content, timing, and overall narrative. 6-7 hours (13 participants).

Session 3: Individual appointments – March 26th, 2020 Time-(8:30-4:00 P.M.) Location- Commons 328

In the third session, students meet one-on-one with the instructor for 30 minutes to
polish delivery: voice production, gestures, enthusiasm, and flow of the story. 6-7 hours.

Missing a workshop: If you are unable to attend a workshop but still wish to participate in 3MT please e-mail the GEARS committee at

More About Scott Morgan:

Scott Morgan, President of The Morgan Group of Washington, DC, provides media training and public speaking tips to a variety of organizations, and universities. Morgan is a Senior Associate of the Abshire Inamori Leadership Academy, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in DC.

Scott Morgan has been teaching communication skills for 21 years. His clients include the National Institutes of Health, the Mayo Clinic, Merck, NASA, EPA, City of Hope Cancer Center, and several universities: Harvard Medical School, UNC-Chapel Hill, Cornell, Maryland, Ohio State, Minnesota, Duke, Nebraska and NC State University, and Texas A&M. He has 25 years of broadcast experience and teaches media and communication strategy to many think tanks in the Washington DC area. Specifically,  as a Senior Associate with the Abshire Inamori Leadership Academy of the Center for Strategic and International Studies( Scott graduated with honors from the University of California, Davis and authored the book Speaking about Science published by Cambridge University Press.

Mustafa Al-Adhami, Winner of 3-Minute Thesis 2018 presenting his Thesis.