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3MT 2023 Backdrop1UUM ONLINE: The highly anticipated Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition culminated in a series of outstanding presentations that left the audience in awe of the remarkable research abilities displayed by the participating doctoral students. The grand finale, conducted in a hybrid manner, was jointly organised by the various graduate schools of UUM, wherein participants vied for acknowledgement by presenting their research in a concise and engaging manner.

The 3MT competition, renowned for its unique format that challenges participants to deliver their research in a concise three-minute timeframe, afforded doctoral students the opportunity to showcase their ability to elucidate intricate concepts into clear and engaging narratives. The event not only assessed their communication skills but also emphasised the significance and impact of their research to a wider audience.

Following a comprehensive evaluation conducted by a distinguished panel of judges, the winners were announced, with each individual recognised for their exceptional communication skills and research acumen. The esteemed panel considered multiple criteria, such as comprehension, engagement, and communication style, in order to determine the winners.

Taking the top spot and claiming the grand prize of RM500 was Ms. Sharifah Syakila Syed Shaharuddin, from School of Languages, Civilisation and Philosophy (SLCP), for her presentation titled Cracking the Code: Student Leadership Language, which captivated the audience and judges alike.

Securing the second-place prize of RM300 was Ms. Nur Asyrani Che Ismail, from School of Languages Civilisation and Philosophy (SLCP), for her presentation titled, Refusal and Politeness Strategies in the Speech Act of Rejection Among Students of Higher Education which showcased a compelling narrative and exemplary communication skills.

Ms. Nursufyana Ulfa Che Mustaffa, a student from the School of Education (SOE), was awarded the third-place prize of RM200 for her presentation titled, Going to the MALL with a Model.

In addition to the top three winners, five finalists received well-deserved consolation prizes of RM100 each for their outstanding efforts and contributions to the competition. Their presentations stood out for their exceptional content and delivery, reflecting the immense talent among the participants.

The top three winners have earned the privilege of representing Universiti Utara Malaysia at the 3MT competition at the national level in July. This exciting opportunity will give them the chance to compete against other top researchers from various institutions, showcasing their research prowess and communication skills on a broader platform.

As the winners prepare to embark on their journey to the national level, they carry with them the pride of Universiti Utara Malaysia and the knowledge that their research has made a significant impact.

Congratulations to the winners and participants of the Three Minute Thesis competition for their exceptional achievements and contributions to the advancement of knowledge, and best wishes for the national competition.