3MT (3-Minute Thesis)

The Obermann Center will again host a Humanities Three-Minute Thesis (3MT), but this year's competition will be virtual. Videos are due by Thursday, October 1, 2020, but may be submitted earlier. Registrants will receive an email with instructions for uploading their videos via UICapture and ICON.

Our 3MT is specially designed to feature the work of UI humanities graduate students. The 3MT event challenges graduate students to articulate their complex research clearly and concisely to non-specialist audiences in three minutes or fewer. The presented research can be a student’s thesis or PhD work, research related to an internship or other outside project, or research pertaining to a specific class. The only requirement is that it is the student’s research and that it has a humanities focus.The winner will receive $250 and directly advance to the campus-wide 3MT final on October 19, 2020. Obermann Humanities 3MT participants may or may not choose to participate in the campus-wide 3MT contest. The winner of the Obermann Humanities 3MT, however, will advance to and be required to participate in the UI finals.
 
The first 15 people to register for the Obermann Humanities 3MT will be accepted and notified. We will also maintain a waiting list. REGISTER NOW!

Rules and Judging Criteria

The Obermann Humanities 3MT will be using the same rules and judging criteria as the campus-wide 3MT hosted by the UI Graduate College:

  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes. Competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation. 
  • Videos must meet the following criteria:
    • Filmed on the horizontal
    • Filmed on a plain background
    • Filmed from a static position
    • Filmed from one camera angle
    • Contain a 3MT title slide
    • Contain a 3MT PowerPoint slide (top right corner/right side/cut to)
  • A single static slide is permitted in the presentation (no slide transitions, animations, or ‘movement’ of any description). This can be visible continuously, or "cut to" (as many times as you like) for a maximum of 1 minute or submitted via email if not included in the presentation.
  • The 3-minute audio must be continuous—no sound edits or breaks.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment, animated backgrounds) are permitted within the recording.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps, songs).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted within the video recording.
  • Submit your presentation using UICapture via ICON. Successful registrants will be invited to the ICON "course" and provided instructions on using UI Capture.

View the full judging criteria on the Grad College website.

2019 Contest

On Friday, September 27, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at the Iowa City Public Library (Room A), the Obermann Center hosted a Humanities Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, especially designed to feature the work of UI humanities graduate students. The 3MT competition challenges graduate students to articulate their complex research clearly and concisely to non-specialist audiences; the goal of presenters is to present their research in three minutes or fewer.

Anthropology PhD candidate Christie Vogler was declared the winner of the Obermann Humanities 3MT. She received $250 and directly advanced to the final, campus-wide competition held on November 15, 2019. Read about Christie's research.

Overview

REGISTER NOW! Registrants will receive an email with instructions for uploading their videos via UICapture and ICON.

Eligibility

To compete in the Obermann Center's Humanities 3MT competition, participants must be currently enrolled in a Masters or PhD degree program that requires the student to conduct their own research in one of the following departments/units:

  • African American Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art & Art History
  • Asian & Slavic Languages & Literatures
  • Cinematic Arts
  • Classics
  • Communication Studies
  • English as a Second Language
  • English
  • French & Italian
  • Gender, Women's, & and Sexuality Studies
  • German Department
  • History Department
  • Journalism & Mass Communication
  • Linguistics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish & Portuguese
  • Theatre Arts
  • World Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Submission Guidelines

We have 15 presenter slots available. Register now!

The first 15 people to register will be accepted and notified. We will also maintain a waiting list. Registrants will receive an email with instructions for uploading their videos.