Modeled after the University of Queensland’s Three Minute Thesis Competition, the LRAN 3MT Competition invites labor activists and academic researchers to sharpen their presentation skills by explaining their labor-related research to a general audience in a short period.
This is how it works: presenters come on stage, give a brief (3 min max) speech (notes are not permitted) on their work with a single static PowerPoint slide, and the 3-min timer starts as soon as you speak. Here is an example, Three Minute Thesis (3MT) 2011 Winner - Matthew Thompson
If interested, please submit your single static PowerPoint slide to email@example.com by Monday, May 15th, with the subject line 3MT registration. The competition will take place during the LRAN Conference held June 7th-8th at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. The theme of this year’s conference is “What We All Bring - Strategy and Research for Everyone in the Movement."
To be eligible, you must be registered for the conference. You can register here: LRAN Conference 2023. There is a discount for students.
Comprehension & Content
- Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
- Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes (preliminary results are equally accepted)?
- Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
- Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
- Did the presenter plan appropriately to speak in a slow, accessible, and compelling manner for a 3-min timeframe?
- Did the presenter make clear the connections between their research and current policy, programs, and organizing strategies pertinent to addressing racial and economic justice issues?
- Did the presenter speak clearly to LRAN’s membership and conference attendees––who are union organizers, worker centers, community organizations, and applied researchers, in addition to academics?
- Was the presentation compelling to the LRAN audience?
- Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
- Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
- Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation -‐ was it clear, legible, and concise?
- Three cash prizes: 1st place $500; 2nd place $300; 3rd place $200; and People’s Choice $100