3MT Micro-Credential: Communicating Research to Broad Audiences

New for fall 2021, the 3MT micro-credential Communicating Research to Broad Audiences is an optional resource intended to help graduate students interested in participating in the Three Minute Thesis competition.

Participants will learn how to articulate strategies and techniques to communicate graduate-level research to a non-specialist audience. Upon completing the micro-credential, participants will have prepared a three-minute pitch about their own research and developed an effective, supporting PowerPoint slide, all while giving and receiving peer feedback.

To successfully complete the micro-credential, particpants must complete four modules and a summative "Peer Pitch" assignment by the due dates described below.

Graduate students in all disciplines are eligible to participate.

About the Micro-Credential: Fall 2021 Details

Part 1: Four Modules

Upon registering for the micro-credential, participants will receive an email with a link to the first module in the series. There are a total of of four modules, which should be completed in sequential order. Upon completion of each module, participants will receive an email with a link to the next module. In each module, participants will be required to watch a video and complete the corresponding assignment. 

The four modules listed in blue boxes with arrows in between.

Module 1: Communicating to a Non-Specialist Audience; Module 2: Pitch + Presence; Module 3: Data Visualization; Module 4: Presentation Zen

All modules must be completed by Monday, Oct. 24, 2021 to be eligible to partipate in Part 2: The Peer Pitch.

Part 2: The Peer Pitch

The Peer Pitch will occur using the online platform Flipgrid. Participants will record their three minute pitch, using one static slide. Participants will then receive feedback from peers and outside judges, and will be required to watch and evaluate pitches from other graduate students. The Flipgrid presentation is the final evidence for the micro-credential.

Flipgrid presentations and the corresponding PowerPoint slides must be submitted by Nov. 1, 2021.

Students who successfully complete four modules and the Peer Pitch by the perscribed due dates will earn the Three Minute Thesis: Communicating Research to Broad Audiences micro-credential.

Additional Opportunities for Advanced Doctoral Students

Advanced doctoral students who complete the Three Minute Thesis: Communicating Research to Broad Audiences micro-credential and participate in the 3MT competition can earn the Three Minute Thesis: Advanced Practitioner micro-credential in the spring semester.