Spring 2018 Events

Brown Bag Lunch Research Series 

The Brown Bag Research Series event provides graduate students an opportunity to share their research with others, learn about their peers' respective fields, ask questions about the topics presented, and also provide constructive feedback on the research. 

Dr. Mann, the Dean of the Graduate School, and professors from the respective fields will be in attendance to listen, converse, and discuss those ideas as well. 

Don't forget to bring your brown bag lunch!

Dates, Times, and Location

All events will be held from 12-1 p.m. in the Scholar's Lounge (3rd floor of JFL), or at a location of their choice (if different, then it will be listed below). These events will take place Tuesdays on the following dates:

  • Feb. 6: History
  • Feb. 20: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Counseling
    • Location: CARTER 205
  • Mar. 6: Open
  • Mar. 27: Open
  • Apr. 3: Exercise Science

Three Minute Thesis Competition

An 80,000 word Ph.D. thesis would take 9 hours to present. Your time limit... 3 minutes.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT® ) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

This will be an opportunity for doctoral students to concisely summarize and clearly communicate a well-conceived thesis/dissertation project, compelling data collected, and a novel story to share. The ability to do this in three minutes or less allows the student to develop academic, presentation and research communication skills. 

Date, Time, and Location

Date: April 12, 2018
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Check-in at 3:15 p.m.)
Location: Jerry Falwell Library, Terrace Conference Rooms

If you are a student who is near to completing a thesis or dissertation and would like to apply, please register. Be sure to click on the SUBMISSION PORTAL FOR PRESENTATIONS link at the bottom of the page to submit your application. If you have any questions, please email Sam Landa at slanda@liberty.edu. 

View presentation examples as you prepare for yours. Rules, judging, and eligibility criteria are listed below for you to review. 

Rules and Judging Criteria


  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed. 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 stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

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?

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? 
  • Was the thesis 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 the presentation — or did he/she elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?


Active Ph.D. candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone and graduate students whose thesis is under submission by the date of their first presentation are eligible to participate in 3MT competitions at all levels. 

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