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T1–T4 in 3 (Minutes) Challenge

IIMS 4th Annual


 October 29th, 2021, 9:00AM - 11:00AM

Locaton: Via Zoom

The 4th Annual T1 - T4 n 3 (Minutes) Challenge is made possible through the collaborative effort from the IIMS' office of Research Education and Mentoring , Community Engagement and the Community Health Advisory Board (CHAB). 

This competition challenges individuals involved in the translational science research spectrum to present their research in a 3 minute time frame to a mixed audience utilizing language and concepts that are compelling and easy to understand. Participants will only be allowed to display one static slide during their presentation.

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 graduate students, trainees and junior faculty members to effectively communicate complex scientific concepts to the public supports our dissemination mechanisms by increasing their confidence in their ability to converse with non-specialists regarding their research.

This competition will have 4 prizes to award the Translational Science students and career development participants. The highest award for this competition is the People’s Choice Award ($1000), followed by 1st place ($750), 2nd place ($500) and 3rd place ($250). Participants will be competing for  travel awards for best translations as determined by the mixed audience (People’s Choice) and a  panel of Community members judges (1st - 3rd and Best Community Translation).

Additionally, a new feature to our competition has be added ths year that will highlight the important research being conducted in our communities along side UTHSA partners and investigators. For this community driven part of the competition the 1st place Best Community Translation Award will be for $750, 2nd place $500 and 3rd place will be for $250.


Who is eligible to take the challenge?

Translational Science Students: TS PhD, MSCI-TS

Translatonal Science Carreer Development Awardees: KL2 Scholars ,TL1 Trainees

Community Members:  working on research projects with UTHealth SA investigators are encouraged to participate.

How to Compete?

  Register at:


The IIMS will be awarding the winners of our T1 - T4 n 3 (Minutes) competition with the following:

People's Choice Award for Best Translation for: $1000 Travel Award

1st Place Award: $750 Travel Award

2nd Place Award: $500 Travel Award

3rd Place Award: $250  Travel Award


Note: Please increase your chances of winning by encouraging your mentors, friends and colleagues to attend the event and vote for you for the People's Choice Award. 

Judging Criteria

Please click here for Judging Rubric.

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.