College of Graduate Studies

Prep Sessions: Professional Development

prep 4 success 4 the 3mt® - Professional Development Workshops


Cooking up a tasty 3MT®

Sponsored by the College of Graduate Studies

You have written thousands of words—hundreds of pages—to explain your research to anyone who has the time to read your thesis or dissertation, but how do you transform that information into a concise, meaningful, and engaging verbal presentation just three minutes in duration? Where do you start?

Join us for an interactive workshop that will provide tools and tips on making your research "bite-sized" with just the right seasoning to share with your audience. Worksheets and peer reviews are a component of this session, and the goal of this workshop is to support your efforts at developing an effective three minute presentation in writing, which you can then use as you practice your communication skills (body language, tone of voice, etc.). Please come prepared with laptops (if that's how you write), pens/pencils, and paper. All graduate students regardless of 3MT® participation are welcome, and you may attend more than one session!

To get the most out of this workshop, we recommend starting the worksheet now, and bringing it with you to the session, where you will be prepared to refine your information, leading into drafting your presentation.


You will be encouraged to schedule follow-up sessions with the Writing Center to fine-tune your Three Minute Thesis script. Your success lies in your hands!

Thursday, February 20, 2020 | 5 - 7 pm | Carlson Library 2024 | Main Campus | INVONET REGISTRATION

Friday, February 21, 2020 | 3 - 5 pm | Collier Building 1230| Health Science Campus | INVONET REGISTRATION

Monday, February 24, 2020 | 3 - 5 pm | Carlson Library 2024 | Main Campus | INVONET REGISTRATION

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | 5 - 7 pm | Collier Building 1230 | Health Science Campus | INVONET REGISTRATION

telling your visual story for the 3MT®

Sponsored by the College of Graduate Studies

While your slide is not the focus of your presentation, it can be used to enhance your story and make a favorable and memorable impression. Samples of effective and not-so-effective slides will be compared and analyzed, and useful tenets of design will be shared. This is an interactive workshop where you will workshop your slide with other attendees and facilitators. You may attend both sessions.

Please bring your laptops/tablets and drafts of your presentation slide for review and workshop. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 | 10:30 - 12:00 pm  | Carlson Library 2024  | Main Campus | INVONET REGISTRATION

Thursday, February 27, 2020 | 4:30 - 6:00 pm | Collier Building 1230 | Health Science Campus | INVONET REGISTRATION

Practice Sessions with Feedback on Presentation Skills

Sponsored by the College of Graduate Studies

During the week of Spring Break [March 9 - 13], sessions will be scheduled so that the finalists can practice their presentations in front of people and be filmed. Feedback will be provided to each participant on the same judging criteria used for the competition, but with a special focus on body language, gestures, facial expression, vocal quality, and pacing. Finalists will be notified about the date/time/location of these sessions by the end of February.





Last Updated: 2/18/20