Three Minute Thesis Competition – IACM 2022

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Dear Colleagues,

We are accepting submissions for the second Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition for the International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) conference, July 10-13, 2022. The 3MT® competition celebrates exciting thesis or dissertation research conducted by graduate students. Developed by the University of Queensland (UQ), the 3MT® exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition celebrates graduate students’ capability to effectively explain their research in three minutes to a non-specialist audience. We have adapted this Novel Session for IACM from UQ. For the IACM 3MT® competition, suitable topics will fit within the interdisciplinary and broad domain of conflict management and negotiation research. This Novel Session, which will be presented at this summer’s IACM annual conference, will feature the five top-rated submissions. Each of the five finalists’ submissions will be presented, followed by a panel discussion featuring the five presenters.

Professors Deborah A. Cai (Temple University), Michael A. Gross (Colorado State University), Jennifer Parlamis (University of San Francisco), Laura Rees (Oregon State University), and Ming-Hong Tsai (Singapore Management University) are the organizers of this session. The goals of this novel session are to (1) showcase the emerging scholarship of current and recent graduate students studying conflict and negotiation, (2) reflect principles of interdisciplinary, novel, and engaged scholarship under the wide umbrella of conflict management and negotiation research, (3) advance knowledge and understanding for the practice of negotiation and conflict management, and (4) highlight dialogue between theory and practice particularly among the field’s emerging scholars.

Currently enrolled or recently graduated master’s and doctoral students in all disciplines whose research fits broadly within conflict management and negotiation are eligible to participate in the IACM 3MT®. Students should be in the final stages of graduate school so they can have sound conclusions and impacts from their research. Recent graduates (less than a year post-graduation from the time of the submission) are also eligible. Previous finalists in IACM’s 3MT® competition are not eligible to participate. However, submitters to IACM’s 3MT® who were not finalists are eligible as long as they still meet all the above criteria and submit a new video.

Questions may be directed to any member of the review team:

If you are planning on entering the competition, we encourage you to contact a member of the review team to let us know your plans to submit.

Logistics of the Competition:

  • Submitters will be required to register for the IACM conference if their submission is selected as a finalist.
  • Our goal is to notify the five finalists on or around June 1, 2022. If selected as a finalist, submitters will not be able to edit their submission.
  • Two runners-up and the winner will be announced during the live session at IACM. These individuals will receive a modest cash prize.

Competition Rules:

  • Recorded video submissions must be no longer than 3 minutes; submissions exceeding 3 minutes will be disqualified.
  • Timing of the presentation will begin when the presenter begins speaking. Presenters may have TWO (2)-and only two-PowerPoint slides. The first is a title slide, which is shown before your presentation begins. The title slide must include only the following information: the 3MT® logo (available here; see below for where the logo should be positioned), the project title, presenter’s first and last name, email contact, and presenter’s university affiliation. The second slide is optional, but if included it should provide content, which should be shown from the start of the actual presentation and remain throughout the presentation. No movement or animation is allowed on this slide. Presentations with more than two slides will be disqualified from consideration.

Videos must meet the following criteria:

  • Filmed on the horizontal;
  • Filmed on a plain background;
  • Filmed from a static position;
  • Filmed from one camera angle;
  • Contain a 3MT® PowerPoint title slide (3MT® logo in the top right corner/right side), including project title, presenter’s first and last name, email contact, and presenter’s university affiliation.
  • Optional: A single static slide of content (different from the title slide) is permitted in the presentation (no slide transitions, animations, or ‘movement’ of any description). The slide can be visible continuously, or it may be ‘cut to’ (as many times as you like) for a maximum of 1 minute.
  • The 3-minute audio and video must be continuous – no sound edits or breaks.
  • Additional props (e.g., costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment, and animated backgrounds) are permitted within the recording, but they are not required.
  • Presentations must be done in spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps, or songs).
  • Additional electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) are permitted within the video recording, but they are not required.

Please contact a member of the review team for any accommodations.

Submission information

To submit, email the organizers at with your first and last name, the title, email contact, and the university affiliation of the presenter along with a link to a downloadable file of your video submission. The video file format must be viewable on both PC and Mac machines without special software (e.g., MP4). Files sent in other formats will not be accepted. Please note: Competitors *will not* be judged based on the video/ recording quality or editing capabilities. Judging will focus on the presentation, especially the ability to communicate research to a non-specialist audience within the three-minute time limit.

The deadline for submissions is: May 24, 2022 (11:59 pm, Eastern Time zone)

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 the audience. 


  • Was the presentation clearly relevant to negotiation and conflict management?

Comprehension and 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 and communication

  • 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 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?

Send submissions to no later than May 24, 2022 (11:59 pm, Eastern Time zone). Submissions received with a date/time including May 25, 2022 or later will not be included in the competition. The decisions of the adjudicating panel are final.


Jennifer Parlamis, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair
Humanistic Management and Hospitality
School of Management
University of San Francisco

Pronouns: She/Her

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