3 Minute Thesis Competition 2018 @RUG3MT

  • Takhaveev, Vakil (Recipient)



3 Minute Thesis Competition 2018

“An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present. Your time limit: 3 minutes…”

Presenting your research in an understandable, convincing and fascinating way!A prize winning pitch to promote your research to a broader audience in future.

Congratulations to the winners of our very first Three Minute Thesis Competition!
First Prize: Vakil Takhaveev - Science and Engineering
Second Prize: Dowine de Bruijn - Science and Engineering
People's Choice: Jaap Waverlijn - Faculty of Law

Three Minute Thesis®
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), 3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills.

The competition
Since its beginnings at the University of Queensland, 3MT competitions are now held at universities all over the world. On 14 March 2018, the University of Groningen (UG) will hold its very first 3MT Competition. Twelve enthusiastic PhD students have been selected to present their research in only 3 minutes, with just one slide, to a non-specialist audience and a panel of judges in an understandable, convincing and fascinating way.

Members of the Jury
Prof. Lou de Leij, Dean of the Groningen Graduate Schools (Chair)
Prof. Ingrid Molema, Life Sciences, UMCG
Prof. Jan-Wouter Zwart, Linguistics and Director of the Graduate School Faculty of Arts
Maaike Borst, Journalist and columnist Dagblad van het Noorden
Désirée Goubert, PhD student and organizer at MindMint
Host: Carolin Gehlkin, MD/PhD Student and Chair of Gopher, the Groningen Organisation for PhD Education and Recreation.

UG prizes
Three prizes will be awarded by the jury at the end of the event to the top PhD contestants:

1st Prize
Up to €1,250 travel expenses for an international conference and, if the UG winner will prove to be one of the shortlisted candidates for the Coimbra Group Finals, funded travel and accommodation to represent the University of Groningen at the Coimbra Group Conference in Salamanca.
2nd prize
Up to €500 travel expenses for a conference/workshop
People’s choice award (selected by the audience) - Awarded by Ioana Margineanu, PhD student and Director of Education at Gopher.
Up to €250 travel expenses for a conference/workshop

Prize winners were announced at the competition. The decision of the judges is final. Videos of the finalists’ pitches will be posted on the website. The winner will be enrolled in the Coimbra 3MT competition 2018.
Coimbra Group Finals
After the UG competition, a video of the winning pitch will be sent to the Coimbra Group. From the submitted video's, their Doctoral Studies Working Group will choose the top three entries by April 16th 2018. These three shortlisted candidates will compete at the Coimbra Group Annual Conference in Salamanca from May 30th till June 1st 2018.
Degree of recognitionInternational
Granting OrganisationsUniversity of Groningen, Groningen

Awarded at event

Event title3 Minute Thesis Competition 2018 @RUG3MT
LocationUniversity of Groningen, Groningen, NetherlandsShow on map
Period14-Mar-2018 → 14-Mar-2018


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