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T1–T4 in 3 (Minutes) Challenge

T1 - T4 in 3 (Minutes) Challenge  

The IIMS/Office of Research Education and Mentoring is conducting its first T1 – T4 in 3 (Minutes) Challenge in conjunction with UTMB’s Institute for Translational Science.

The T1 – T4 in 3 (Minutes) Challenge requires a presentation in three minutes or less to a lay audience, the topics of the presentations will be on the presenter’s research.  This competition challenges our students, trainees, faculty, and scholars to effectively translate their research into terminology that the non-academic community will understand.  This competition will provide awards for the first and second best translations as determined by a panel of judges, and a “people’s choice” award as determined by a lay audience.

The purpose of this exercise is to improve capacity for communications as well as to ensure that our community stakeholders have access to, and understanding of, ongoing clinical and translation research.  Further, the increased ability of our faculty and trainees to effectively communicate complex science to the public supports each of our other dissemination mechanisms by increasing their confidence in their ability to converse with non-specialists regarding their research.


Who's Eligible to Participate? 

KL2/RL5 Scholars, TL1 Trainees, MSCI-TS Students, and TS PhD Graduate Students


Submit your Abstracts

If you would like to be considered for participation in this challenge, please submit your scientific abstract in layman’s terms to Alex Machuca at

There is no word limit for abstracts.

Abstracts due by: March 23rd

T1 - T4 in 3 (Minutes) Challenge will be held on:

April 13th, 2018

9:00 - 10:30AM

Greehey Campus , Mcdermott Building Room # 2.108



The winners of our competition will be awarded the following, along with matching funds from the IIMS:

1ST Place:  $750 Research Travel Award

2ND Place: $500 Research Travel Award

People's Choice: $750 Research Travel Award

Note: Please encourage your freinds and colleagues to attend the event  and vote for you for the People's Choice Award. 


The winners of T1-T4 in 3 (Minutes) Challenge will have the opportunity to represent our CTSA at the state-wide competition, to be held in conjunction with the 2018 Science of Team Science meeting in Galveston on May 21 – 24th, 2018. UTMB will provide up to $400 in travel support for each of the winners to attend the Science of Team Science meeting.  The UTHSCSA winners will be eligible to compete for four additional travel awards:

1ST Place:  $1000 Research Travel Award

2ND Place: $750 Research Travel Award

3RD Place: $500 Research Travel Award

People’s Choice: $1000 Research Travel Award


Judging Criteria

Each competitor will be assessed on the three judging criteria listed below. Please note that each criterion is equally weighted and has an emphasis on audience.

Comprehension and 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?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Were the topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of his/her presentation – or did he/she elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?


  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for his/her research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain his/her audience’s attention?
  • Did the speaker have sufficient state 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?


  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description, 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) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the designated presenting area.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts to speak.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.


History of the Competition

T1-T4 in 3 (Minutes) is an adaptation of The University of Queensland’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition in which presenters must present their 80,000 word thesis in 3 minutes or less to a lay audience.