About Speak Up!
Modeled after The University of Queensland’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT®), Speak UP! is a research communication competition which challenges postdoctoral scholars to present their research and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Speak UP! forces postdoctoral scholars to consolidate their ideas and crystallize their research discoveries. During this competition, postdoctoral scholars from across San Antonio will present their research in 3 minutes or less.
Speak Up! will award three prizes in the form of travel grants:
- Winner: $500
- Runner-up: $200
- People’s Choice: $100
Travel grants can be used for professional development, including domestic travel, supplies and materials or expenses for field work, data collection, archival research, training and educational purposes and/or presentations on research, or creative or scholarly activities.
The UTSA Community is invited to attend the competition to cheer, to network, and to vote for the People’s Choice winner. Refreshments will be provided.
- 1:00 P.M. – 1:20 P.M.: Welcome and Explanation of Rules
- 1:20 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.: Postdoctoral Scholars Compete
- 3:00 P.M. – 3:45 P.M.: “Promote You”
by Brigitta Glick, President & CEO, Provenir and
Beth Eby, Principal, Eby Financial,
Co-founders of The Health Cell and Members of the UTHSCSA
Career Advisory Council
- 3:45 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.: Awards and Reception
- Current postdoctoral scholars from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) are eligible to participate in Speak UP!
Contestant Registration and Deadline
- 20 competition spots are available.
- Contestants must register to compete.
- The registration deadline was midnight CST, Sunday, February 15, 2015, or earlier if 20 registrations are received before the deadline.
- A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. The slide is to be displayed from the beginning of the presentation. Slides do not have to include text.
- No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
- No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
- Index cards or speech notes are allowed.
- Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum, and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
- Presentations are to commence from the stage.
- Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
- The decision of the judges’ panel is final.
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Examples
The following website showcases 3MT® national and international winners. These videos are meant to inspire contestants and are not meant to constrain presentations to a particular format or style.
Each criterion is equally weighted.
Comprehension & Content
- Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
- Was the research topic, key results, and significance communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
Engagement & Communication
- Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
- Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
- Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
- Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation?
UTSA Main Campus Guest Parking
Guests to the UTSA Main Campus can park at the Bauerle Road Garage (BRG), the parking garage closest to the Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22) in the John Peace Library (JPL), site of the contest. Guests will receive a parking sticker at the contest registration table to be redeemed at the BRG cashier stand. The validated parking ticket is used to exit the parking gate.
UTSA Main Campus Maps
Use the following maps to assist with you with driving to and parking at the Bauerle Road Garage at the UTSA Main Campus, and to locate the Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22) in the John Peace Library, site of the contest.
If you have questions about Speak UP!, please contact:
Daniel Arriaga, Program Coordinator
Office of the Vice President for Research, Research Support
The University of Texas at San Antonio
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