Three-minute Talks (TmT) Competition 2015
Learn how to explain your research, in three minutes or less, in a way that’s meaningful to a broad scientific audience.
Benefits of Participation
- Professional training in speech development and presentation delivery
- One-on-one coaching and feedback in a supportive environment
- The opportunity to showcase your research for NICHD leaders and the public
- The chance to win up to $1,000 for approved training or travel to a scientific meeting
- For winners: A professionally produced video of your talk for NIH promotional efforts and your own use
“The NICHD Three-minute Talk competition was a great training experience for me. The competition encouraged me to find a way to distill my thesis into a short, relatable statement that I can draw on when talking with other scientists. The training workshops helped me to learn how to engage an audience through a camera, which is a skill that is becoming more and more useful in the age of Skype and YouTube. Finally, each participant received a professionally mastered video of our three-minute talk. I think that including this video in my postdoc applications will be a useful way to make my application stand out.”
~ Alex Ritter, 2014 1st place winner (check out his winning video)
“Competing in the three-minute talk dramatically improved my elevator speech, which helped in a very practical way during recent round robin job interviews. Producing the video, which I utilized on my LinkedIn page, was a unique opportunity to obtain experience and professional instruction on speaking into a camera. These experiences together did in fact assist me in getting a job offer, as an interviewer specifically commented on this and other communication awards as to why they chose to invite me to the interviews.”
~ Thomas Miller, 2014 finalist (see his video here)
Program Timeline and Details
Fellows should be committed to participating in the full TmT Competition program, including the workshop trainings, NICHD TmT competition, and—if selected as finalists—the NIH TmT competition.
|February 23, 2015|
Deadline to Enter
To enter, email your completed submission form to Yvette.email@example.com, which includes the title of your talk and a brief description of your research (2–3 sentences max).
Up to 15 DIR fellows (predoctoral, postdoctoral, visiting, and clinical) will be invited to join the TmT Competition program. All 2014 finalists are also welcome to participate.
Submission form can be found at Three-Minute Talks
Workshop #1 – Improvisation for ScientistsLed by Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. This workshop will teach you how to prepare a talk for a general scientific audience and explain the significance of your research as it relates to human health.
Workshop #2 – Speaking about Science
Led by public speaking coach Scott Morgan. This workshop will offer tips on storytelling and delivery, speaking in plain language, and creating an effective visual aid.
Coaching sessions (individual and group)
You will have the opportunity to participate in a group coaching session with Scott Morgan and up to two one-on-one coaching sessions with NICHD communications staff. These practice sessions will provide you with additional help and feedback on speech development and delivery.
NICHD TmT competition*
Of the NICHD’s 15 contestants, five finalists will advance to the next round and be awarded $500 for approved training or travel.
NIH TmT competition*Of all NIH finalists, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive additional training/travel support and the opportunity to have their talk professionally produced for video.
*Competition rules and judging criteria are available at https://science.nichd.nih.gov/confluence/display/fellows/Three-Minute+Talks
Contact Yvette Pittman (firstname.lastname@example.org, 301.496.3014).