Judging Criteria

3MT Judging Criteria

At every level of the competition each competitor will be assessed on the judging criteria listed below. Each criterion is equally weighted and has an emphasis on audience.

Comprehension & Content

-  Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance to the research question being addressed, while explaining terminology and avoiding jargon?
-  Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/ or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?
-  Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
-  Was the thesis topic, research significance, results/impact and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to  a non-specialist audience?
-  Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation – or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

Engagement & Communication

-  Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
-  Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?
-  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 - was it clear, legible, and concise?

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