Three Minute Thesis®

* Registration Deadline - March 31st, 2017.

* Live round competition - April 18th, 2017, start time 4:00 p.m.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition that challenges research degree students to present a compelling oration on their thesis/dissertation topic and its significance in just three minutes using just one slide.  3MT® develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to explain their research effectively in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Graduate students are invited and encouraged to compete by presenting their thesis or area of interest for cash prizes for first place, second place, and third place, as well as for the People’s Choice Award.

The format requires that within a strict 3-minute time limit each presenter will explain his/her research using one slide, with no notes, and talking in laymen’s terms.  Aside from the possible monetary winnings, the real value is the ability of the presenter to hone his/her speaking skills for later presentations at job interviews, speaking effectively in front of others, and other advocacy settings.

The 3MT®, first held at The University of Queensland in 2008, is a research communication skills development activity to help prepare students to present their research and its relevance to a non-specialist but educated audience in a cogent but concise manner. Students have only 3 minutes and one static slide to convey to their audience what they do and its importance in a manner that makes their hearers want to know more! Since its inception, enthusiasm for the 3MT® concept has grown with the 3MT® adoption by numerous universities. More information can be found here.

REGISTRATION FORM: Click here to download the Registration Form.

2017 Three Minute Thesis Winners!!!

2017 3MT Winners

1st Place ($1000)--Brett King

2nd Place ($500)--Daniel Wheeler

3rd Place ($250)--Kristy Meyer

People's Choice ($250)--Daniel Wheeler

Congratulations to our winners and all of our contestants for a job well done. A very special thank you to Othello's for their sponsorship and providing the $2000 prize money for the competition!


Competitors will be selected by a three person faculty judging panel. 

Location: Heritage Room, Room 326 Nigh University Center

Judging Criteria

Each of the three judging criteria has equal weight. Note what each criterion has in common: an emphasis on the audience.

  •   Communication style: was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language  appropriate to a                 non-specialist audience?
  •   Comprehension: did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  •   Engagement: did the oration make the audience want to know more?