Professional Development

Professional Development Workshop Schedule


3 Minutes, 1 Slide.....3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Information Session

An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present; would you be able to explain yours in just 3 Minutes?  The 3MT competition is practice for life.  It takes skill and practice to articulate your life's work in 180 seconds, and it is a skill that every graduate student should hone.  Now it the chance to perfect your talk. The 3MT challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just 3 minutes. The exercise cultivates your academic, presentation, and research communication skills.  Attend this session to learn more about the competition and the professional development workshops surrounding it.

1st Prize is $2,000.  2nd Prize is $1,500.  People's Choice Award $1,000.

02/22/18, Legends at Notre Dame 5-7pm


Once Upon a Time - Storytelling as a Tool for Teaching and Learning

Stories are powerful vehicles for carrying all kinds of messages. In this session, participants will learn how stories can enhance learning in any discipline.  This workshop qualifies as a 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) participation requirement, but is also open to all.  After successfully completing this workshop you will be able to describe an example of storytelling in their discipline and discuss the importance of stories in learning.

March 19, 2018, 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM, Corbett Hall 138 - Register HERE 


Distilling Your Research in a 3MT® Format

Are you a Ph.D. student interested in fine-tuning your oral presentation skills? Will you soon be giving presentations as a part of a job interview? Would you like to be able to explain your research to your family and friends? Join us for this training session that provides the fundamentals on presenting your thesis in a concise and engaging way. The process will help you develop presentation and research communication skills, as well as support your ability to effectively explain your research in just a few minutes in language appropriate for an informed, but non-specialist audience. Light refreshments will be served.

March 08, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 505 Main Building Conference Room -  Register HERE  

March 20, 2018, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 505 Main Building Conference Room - Register HERE

March 29, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 505 Main Building Conference Room - Register HERE


Improv for Scholars - Techniques to Connect with an Audience

Improv for Scholars is not about acting and it's not about comedy, although that would be fun! Improv for Scholars is about using improvisational theater techniques to help scholars speak more responsively, and directly with their audience, particularly an audience that may be unfamiliar with the subject matter. 

The goal of Improv for Scholars is not to turn you into an actor, but rather, free you to talk more spontaneously about your work, to have a heightened awareness of your listeners, and to make a personal connection with your audience.

We are pleased to welcome back renowned improv artists Carys Kresny (ND Dept of Film, Television & Theater, SB Civic Theater, The Lark Comedy Institute) and Kelli McBride (The Lark Comedy Institute, Second City Chicago, Improv Olympic, Annoyance Theater) to facilitate this innovative workshop.

March 06, 2018, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM, LaFortune Notre Dame Room 202 - Register HERE

March 24, 2018, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM, 322 Jordan Science Hall - Register HERE


Visual Presentation of Information - Making Your 3MT Slide

Presenting your research as a visual aid is challenging, especially when you only get one slide.  The goal of this session is to help you refine your 3MT slide to ensue it conveys the necessary information in a way that is visually appealing and grabs the audience's attention.

March 7, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM,LaFortune Notre Dame Room 202 - Register HERE

March 12, 2018, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, LaFortune Notre Dame Room 202 - Register HERE

March 23, 2018, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, LaFortune McNeill Room 116 - Register HERE

March 27, 2018, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM, W106 Duncan Student Center - Register HERE


Stage Presence (3MT) - Non-Verbal Communication

Up to 75% of all meaning comes from nonverbal cues, so make sure you're sending the right message with your 3MT® presentation. In this workshop, you'll learn about nonverbal communication principles and how to use your body, voice, and appearance to impress like the best (not just for 3MT® judges!). Enhance your ability to present information confidently and enthusiastically, as well as learn about additional resources and ways to practice your nonverbal communication skills.

March 19, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, W106 Duncan Student Center - Register HERE


Stage Presence (3MT) - Engaging Your Audience

The most important point to keep in mind when you are preparing your research story is that it’s not about you. It’s about your audience. Show them that you care about them and they might reciprocate the sentiment with a job opportunity or a speaking engagement.  This session will teach you about Stage Presence and provide you the tools–verbal, non-verbal, and visual–to succeed in presenting your research in an engaging and stimulating manner.

March 26, 2018, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, LaFortune Notre Dame Room 202 - Register HERE


One Button Studio - Virtual Coaching for 3MT

Thinking about participating in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition?  Use Hesburgh Libraries' One Button Studio to practice your oral communication and videotape your presentation in a 3MT format. One Button Studio is a fully-featured digital video production studio that is designed to be both powerful and easy to use, requiring no prior video production experience. The Studio, located in B-002 of the Hesburgh Library Lower Level, is available for use by all Notre Dame Faculty, staff, and students (valid NDID required). In this workshop you will learn how to use the One Button technology to record your 3MT presentation. Once your presentation is recorded, you can then send the presentation to our virtual coaches and receive timely feedback and coaching on what went well and what could be improved.

March 16, 2018, 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM, Center for Digital Scholarship, Register HERE

March 20, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Center for Digital Scholarship, Register HERE

March 28, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Center for Digital Scholarship, Register HERE

April 04, 2018, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Center for Digital Scholarship, Register HERE