Preparing Future Faculty and Professional Program

Annual Pathways Conference

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Save the Date: November 15, 2017

The annual Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals (PFFP) Pathways Conference will be in November 15, 2017 in Hine Hall on the campus of IUPUI. The Pathways Conference participants engage in seminars, workshops and networking opportunities designed to build awareness, skill and relationships amongst peers and experts.

Registration is FREE and open to all.

IUPUI Three Minute Thesis (3MT) and Three Minute Pitch (3MP) Competitions

The Three Three Minute Thesis  (3MT) is a research communication completion developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. 3MT  develops graduate students’ capacity to effectively explain their research in 3 minutes to a non-specialist audience. A great presentation will tell the audience what the research is, how the doctoral researcher is doing it, what they have discovered, and why the research is significant. Graduate students seeking Master’s Degrees (i.e. M.S., M.A., M.P.H., M.P.A, etc.) or Graduate Certificates should register for the 3MP  (Three Minute Pitch) competition.


  • Three Minute Thesis

    The Three Minute Theses is research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

    3MT develops graduate students’ capacity to effectively explain their research in 3 minutes to a non-specialist audience.

  • Eligibility

    3MT- Graduate students pursuing a PhD (per rules established of the University of Queensland)

    3MP-Graduate students pursuing a Certificate, Master’s or PostDoc

  • Maximum Number of Participants

    Registration is limited to 25 total participants.

  • Rules

    Three Minutes to share research with one Powerpoint slide.

    • The presentation must be no longer than 3 minutes in length, or the competitor will be disqualified. The presentation is considered to have begun when the student starts the presentation through movement or speech.
    • Presentations should include a single, static slide (no transitions, movement, or animation in the slide).
    • No script or cue cards may be used during the presentation; students must recite their presentation by memory.
    • No additional props are permitted (i.e. costumes, musical instruments, lab equipment).
    • Presentations must be spoken-word (i.e. no poems, raps, songs). Note that passages from songs, poems, etc. are acceptable if the presentation requires quoting from such sources, but we recommend that you limit your use of such quotations.
    • No additional electronic media (sound or video files) are permitted within the presentation.
  • Awards

    Participants in each category will compete for cash prizes, registration and travel scholarship to attend the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) annual conference in Chicago, IL and advance to the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3MT Competition.

  • Judging Criteria

    Each eligible competitor’s presentation will be judged by a panel of interdisciplinary judges and a live audience based on comprehension, audience engagement and overall communication.

    Download the Judging Criteria »

  • Tips for Effective use of 3MT Slides

    Download the flyer "Tips for Effective Design and Use of the 3-Minute Thesis Slide"»

  • Videos

    YouTube video: Three Minute Thesis 2013 QUT Winner - Megan Pozzi »

    YouTube video: Three Minute Theses People’s Choice Award 2012 - Ludmilla Khodai »

    YouTube video (57minutes-multiple examples): University of Melbourne Three Minute Thesis Final Competition » 

  • Practice Sessions (For Registered Participants Only)

    TBD