Date of Competition: Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Schedule of Presentations:

Closing Remarks of Adjudicators

Highlights of 3MT 2013

 

Post-event Sharing

Champion:
Ms Cassini Sai Kwan CHU
PhD
Social Sciences

The 3MT event not only challenges me to articulate my study succinctly and transmit its significance effectively to the general community, it more importantly provides a valuable opportunity to improve my public speaking skill, which I believe can only be developed through actualization.
Even if you have numerous presentation experiences in various (international) academic conferences throughout the course of your postgraduate study, even if you have tons of teaching experience, and even if you have always been so composed and confident when presenting your thesis to your academic fellows and supervisors, believe it or not, 3MT is an entirely different experience. The idea of speaking in front of people touches my nerves sometimes. The worst thing is, you do not know when and how it will get on your nerves! I was so tense on the day of the competition that I forgot my speech TWICE despite hundreds of rehearsals, but I learnt how to recollect myself quickly, which is not a lesson that you could have every day! I treasure such experience tremendously. I sincerely encourage everyone to participate in the 3MT competition. It's fun! You will benefit from it more than you would have imagined.

 

1st Runner-up and People's Choice Award Winner:
Ms Phoebe Yin Hang TANG
MPhil
Arts

Although I have explained my thesis to friends who are not interested in space or history before, I did not talk in the simplest language until I started writing my 3MT script. The competition was a great opportunity for me to learn to distill my thesis into a concise script of three minutes, using clear and effective vocabularies. It also helped me to deliver my arguments efficiently in my thesis. The competition was an extremely fun, rewarding and enjoyable experience. A number of people made it possible. My deepest gratitude goes to Dr Janet Borland, Prof. John Carroll, and most importantly, my primary supervisor Prof. Charles Schencking for their time, guidance, support and encouragement. I would also like to thank my teachers and friends from the Department of History for their advice and support. The comments they offered greatly enhanced the strength and colour of my script and presentation.

 

2nd Runner-up:
Mr King Yan HO
PhD
Science

3MT was really a challenging competition for me, and I bet for other participants as well. The challenge was not coming from giving a presentation to strangers - in which for a final year postgraduate he/she should have given presentations at local or international conferences before. The challenge was from how to consolidate your research findings in only 180 seconds, and communicate to your audience effectively. I always believe that communication is a key component of research, and this is what makes your findings and results meaningful. Therefore, I did enjoy participating in 3MT, and I would encourage my friends to join next year to share their brilliant and hard work to the public. I must thank my friends and colleagues for practising with me and supporting me throughout the preparation and competition. I should give my special thanks to Dr Terence Ng, the champion of last year's 3MT, who gave me a lot of ideas on improving my presentation. And I also thank my supervisor, Dr Kenneth Leung, for giving me guidance and support throughout my study.

 

Online People's Choice Award Winner:
Ms Sarah Sze Wah WONG
PhD
Dentistry

Bringing our research to the public is just as important as the science itself. On the path of our PhD study, we are always encouraged to strengthen our communication and presentation skill. However, our target audience is mainly our fellow researchers in the same field, which could sometimes be merely a small community. The 3MT competition is a brilliant idea, as it reminded us that the ultimate goal of research is, indeed, to contribute new knowledge to society. The attention of the audience is short-lived nowadays in this fast-paced world - we normally do not get more than a few minutes before they start pulling out their phones. I have learned in this competition that to successfully maintain their attention, creativity is needed to translate our "alien" language and simplify the complex plot in an engaging way. I would like to express my greatest gratitude to my supervisors, Dr. C. J. Seneviratne and Prof. L. P. Samaranayake, for their guidance and support. I truly enjoyed sharing my research project with my fellow schoolmates, my family and friends ... and their friends.