UKGradResearch Live! 2018

A Public Research Showcase for Graduate Students and Postdocs
with 3-Minute Thesis Competition


Brought to you by:

The Graduate School, Graduate Student Congress, and Society of Postdoctoral Scholars

Congratulations to our Winners!

Anna Bedsole, Gothic Heroines and #MeToo

Anna Bedsole, a doctoral candidate in English (pictured above), won first place in the Three Minute Thesis category with her presentation, Gothic Heroines and #MeToo.

Below are the 2018 winners of UK GradResearch Live!
The finals were held in Worsham Cinema on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

Click here to watch videos of all contestants! 

Three Minute Thesis Winners:
First Place - Anna BedsoleGothic Heroines and #MeToo
Second Place - Daniel Chavez, Hypothetical Bias: Do Real Questions Give Real Answers?
Third Place - Melissa Cantor, The Sick Calf Detector
People's Choice Award - Melissa Cantor, The Sick Calf Detector

Graduate Research Showcase Winners:
People's Choice, First Place - Marcus T. Epps, Unlikely Motivators in Education: Equipping Black Males to Succeed in Formal Education
People's Choice, Second Place - Chi Peng, Are Anti-HIV Drugs Affecting Platelet Function?

Postdoctoral Research Showcase Winners:
People's Choice, First Place Jong Hyun Kim, Looking for Potent Anticancer Drug
People's Choice, Second Place - Kathryn Everson, Systematics and Species Discovery in Madagascar's Tenrecs

Click here for a list of all 24 finalists.

About UK GradResearch Live!

You have spent countless hours and many more sleepless nights at the lab, in the archives, in statistics and data sets, and at your computer screen. Now comes the next step—engaging a general and diverse audience in your research. Challenging enough, right? But can you gain the rapt attention of an audience in three minutes or less?

UK GradResearch Live! provides you an opportunity to rise to that challenge while joining the campus and local community in a celebration of the vibrant graduate student and postdoc research occurring at UK.

The first track of UK GradResearch Live! follows traditional 3-Minute Thesis rules — 3 minutes or less and one slide — with the top two winners of the final competition moving on to compete in regional 3MT competitions. Click here to learn more about 3MT internationally.

Don’t feel quite ready to take on a presentation with traditional 3MT rules, but still want a chance to practice your research presentation skills? We have you covered! The second track of UK GradResearch Live! is a Public Research Showcase for graduate students. In this track, if you are early in your research, you can practice for your future participation in a traditional 3MT format, or just use it as an opportunity to let the campus and community know about your important research! You still must challenge yourself to keep your presentation to 3 minutes or less! A slide is optional, and you may use one 3"x5" note card for reference.

The third track is for postdoctoral scholars and fellows who want to show their impactful research and practice presenting it to a public audience following 3MT rules.

So if you are a UK graduate student or postdoc, it’s time to take your research live!

About 3MT

3MT Logo

UK GradResearch Live! was born out of the The University of Queensland’s 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, a research presentation initiative that challenges graduate students to effectively communicate their research to a general audience, with a single slide, in three minutes or less. Click here to learn more about the history of 3MT.

The Graduate School and Graduate Student Congress have hosted 3MT competitions at The University of Kentucky since 2013, and our participants have found them an excellent way to practice their communication and presentation skills while sharing their research with their peers.

This year we’re rebranding and expanding the competition to reach a larger audience across campus and throughout the local community with a public showcase, numerous prizes, and a reception. Keep reading to learn more about UK GradResearch Live!



Below are links to videos and slides decks from the preparatory workshops held by The Graduate School leading up to UK GradResearch Live!

Crafting the Narrative of Your Research
Click the link above to watch a video and see the PowerPoint slides from our workshop.

Graphically Representing Your Research
Click the link above to watch a video and see the PowerPoint slides from our workshop.

NOTE: All presenters should review the international 3MT COMPETITOR GUIDE found here on the University of Queensland (Australia) site.


Rules and Judging Criteria

The 3MT portion of UK GradResearch Live! will follow the traditional 3MT rules below, while the Showcase will follow the same basic rules with exceptions stated below.

Click here for a printable rubric with rules and judging criteria.

3MT & Postdoctoral Showcase Rules​

  • The competition is limited to students currently pursuing a master's or doctoral degree at the University of Kentucky and who have not previously won a campus-wide 3MT competition.
  • A single static presentation slide is allowed (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any kind are allowed; the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment, etc.) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum; competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken-word prose (e.g. no poetry, raps, or songs).
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts the presentation through movement or speech.
  • The decision of the judges is final.

Graduate Showcase Rules

The Showcase will follow the same basic 3MT rules with the following exceptions:

  • Presentations can be anywhere from 1 to 3 minutes, but still must not exceed 3 minutes.
  • Slides are not required, but a single static presentation slide is still allowed (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any kind are allowed).
  • A single 3”x5” note card is allowed.



Over $3,000 in Prizes!

Graduate Student Research Showcase
People's Choice, First Place*: $500
People's Choice, Second Place*: $250

3MT Competition
Judges will score the presentations based on the rubric criteria above.
First Place: $750 plus paid travel to the 3MT Regional Competition of choice
Second Place: $500 plus paid travel to a different 3MT Regional Competition
Third Place: $250
People's Choice*: $250

Postdoc Research Showcase
People's Choice, First Place*: $500
People's Choice, Second Place*: $250

Audience members voted on their favorite presentations at the end of each showcase