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3MT® Competition

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)[1] is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland in Australia. Graduate students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis/internship/research project and its significance. The exercise fosters academic, presentation, and research communication skills, while developing students' abilities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. The Three Minute Thesis is held annually by the Graduate School during the Fall semester.

3MT 2018 Competition: Monday, November 19, 2 - 4pm, Stern Center, Room 205

3MT 2018 Application: Deadline to apply - Thursday, November 15

  • A single static PowerPoint slide (no slide transitions, animations, or movement of any description; the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration) is permitted.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g., notecards, 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 memorized in spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps, or songs).
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts the presentation through movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Students will be judged on the quality of their presentation's content, comprehension, audience engagement and communication.

  • 1st place: $200 and an opportunity to participate in the regional competition
  • 2nd place: $100
  • People's Choice: $100

All graduate students working on a thesis, internship, or research project are eligible.

Congratulations to our 2017 Graduate 3MT® Competition Winners!

First Place Winner: Stacey Weinstock, M.S. Environmental Studies

"Trip Satisfaction in the South Carolina Charter Fishing Industry: Black Sea Bass and Harvest Limits"

Weinstock 3MT


Second Place Winner: Catharine Parker, M.S. Environmental Studies

"Our Canary in the Salt Marsh"
Parker 3MT

People's Choice Award Winner: Zachary Lane, M.S. Marine Biology

"Breakthroughs in Barnacle Biology: PVC Hosts and Unusual Behavior"

Lane 3MT
[1] Modified from The University of Queensland Australia Handbook for participating universities;


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