Three-Minute Thesis (3MT): Communicating Research to Broad Audiences

Academic Level
Free for current students
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This microcredential is best suited for graduate students planning to participate in the UAlbany Three-Minute Thesis Competition.   

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) cultivates your academic, presentation and research communication skills. This microcredential is open to UAlbany research master’s and doctoral students interested in developing and showcasing their research communication skills and participating in the UAlbany 3MT Competition.

Four 1-hour Sessions: 

  1. Communicating to a Non-Specialist Audience
    • How to find a hook to get audiences interested in your research
    • How to frame your research and focus on the most compelling aspects of the work
    • Make a strong case for your work's importance to non-specialist audiences
  2. Pitch + Presence 
    • How to visually communicate
    • How to capitalize on your reputation and sound credible when presenting
    • How to feel more comfortable speaking in front of group
    • How to communicate with impact
  3. Data Visualization 
    • How to effectively design and use a PowerPoint slide to support an oral presentation
    • How to let your slide speak for itself or direct the audience to your slide
    • Common pitfalls to avoid when utilizing a PowerPoint slide
  4. Presentation Zen 
    • How to limit text on your slides
    • How to make your presentation visual
    • How to tell your story in three minutes


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