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2023 Science Slam Competition



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Mar 7, 2023
Event Start Time
11:30 am to
Event End Time
1:15 pm
Location - People View
1st Floor Auditorium

3500 Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Three minutes to describe your research? Challenge accepted.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania are pleased to invite you to join us for the 1st Annual CHOP/Penn Science Slam Competition. This year, the event marks the 100th Anniversary of CHOP Research Institute. CHOP and Penn researchers-in-training, research staff, and faculty are invited to participate in this first of many celebrations of 100 years of pediatric research innovation.

The Science Slam Competition will follow guidelines established by Three Minute Thesis (3MT®). 3MT® develops the ability of researchers to communicate the significance and outcomes of their projects in a short space of time. 3MT® was designed to develop skills that will give researchers an important career advantage.

Science Slam is organized by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Offices of Academic Training and Outreach Programs (ATOP) and Research Creative Services, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP) office.

View the 3MT® Info Session Video for additional information.


Up for the challenge? Ready to celebrate?

Registration for COMPETITORS is now closed.

ATTENDEES must register for the in-person event by Friday, February 24th.

Key Science Slam Dates FOR COMPETITORS

Dec. 27, 2022 - OPTIONAL: Earlybird Deadline to Register for Video Feedback*
Jan. 5, 2023 - OPTIONAL: Deadline to Submit an Earlybird Video for Feedback*
Jan. 13, 2023 - Deadline to Register as a Science Slam Competitor
Jan. 23, 2023 - Deadline to Submit Your Science Slam Recording
Feb. 15, 2023 - Participants Notified of Judges' Decisions
Mar. 7, 2023 - In-Person Awards and 100th Anniversary Celebration Lunch

*Competitors registered by December 27 will have the option to submit their Science Slam recording by January 5 to receive constructive feedback early in January 2023. We are only able to accommodate 15 early submissions for review on a first-come, first-serve basis. Event organizers will e-mail Earlybird registrants with details on how to submit in late December/early January.

Awards Celebration and Celebratory Lunch Location and Date

The Hub for Clinical Collaboration, 1st Floor Auditorium

Celebratory lunch can be picked up beginning at 11:15am outside of the Auditorium. The Hub is the building south of Civic Center Boulevard, between CHOP’s Colket Translational Research Building and the Buerger Center.

Michael Lauer, MD

Michael Lauer, MD

Keynote Speaker

Michael Lauer, MD
Deputy Director for Extramural Research
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Perspectives on Funding Extramural Biomedical Research Before, During, and Now After COVID-19

Information for Competitors

All researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania are invited to participate. Postdoctoral research trainees who are associated with the Penn Biomedical Postdoctoral Program (BPP) are also eligible, including fellows at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, Swarthmore College, and the Wistar Institute.

Awards and prizes will be handed out in the following categories (registrants will self-select):

  • Research Faculty Award (including instructors and comparable faculty-level titles) - $400.00 Prize
  • Predoctoral Student/Postdoctoral Fellow Award (including physician fellows and other non-faculty doctoral-level researchers-in-training) - $400.00 Prize
  • Research Staff Award (all other CHOP and Penn researchers, including undergraduate students) - $400.00 Prize
  • Audience Choice for Best In-Person Presentation - $400.00 Prize
  • Pre-registered attendees at the in-person event will also be entered into a raffle for a $150.00 Prize.

Science Slam competitors will submit a video adhering to the guidelines described below. Each video will be evaluated by our judges according to the Three Minute Thesis criteria. Winners will be announced at the in-person event on March 7, 2023.

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) is permitted.

No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.

Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum and competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.

Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).

The decision of the judging panel is final.

Comprehension & 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 & 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?

Check out 3MT's Virtual Competitor Guide website for lighting, sound, and background tips. The guide also includes general tips:

  • Filmed on the horizontal;
  • Filmed on a plain background;
  • Filmed from a static position;
  • Filmed from one camera angle;
  • Contain a 3MT title slide (at beginning);
  • Contain a 3MT PowerPoint slide (top right corner/right side/ cut to).

What makes a good Science Slam presentation?

Check out last year's top three presentations from our CHOP/Penn 3MT® postdoc competition:


More About Three Minute Thesis

3MT Logo

The Three Minute Thesis is a professional and highly engaging international research communication competition that celebrates the exciting research

"It is a reality that many PhD students will need to communicate their ideas and results to people who may not necessarily have expertise in their field. 3MT® develops the ability of students to communicate the significance and outcomes of their project in a short space of time." - Professor Alastair McEwan, Dean of UQ's Graduate School.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. 3MT® is a registered trademark of The University of Queensland. The 3MT® logo may not be used without permission from UQ and use of the trademark must comply with brand guidelines.

The first 3MT® competition was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 Research Higher Degree students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT® competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Due to its adoption in numerous universities, a multi-national event was developed, and the Inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT® competition was held at UQ in 2010.

Since 2011, the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT® competitions are now held in over 600 universities across more than 65 countries worldwide.

In November 2013, the first Universitas 21 (U21) 3MT® competition was held with several universities from around the world competing in a virtual competition.

2016 brought an expansion of the Trans-Tasman 3MT® competition to include a South-East Asia and North-East Asia. This competition is now called the Asia-Pacific 3MT® competition.



This event is supported by the CHOP Research Institute, the University of Pennsylvania, and our 2023 event sponsors.

Science Slam Sponsors

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