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3MT® Competition

4th Annual 3MT® Thesis Competition will be held on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Stern Student Center Room 205, 2-4pm.

Please submit signed application cover sheets and a copy of your slide to by 5pm, Friday, Oct. 27th, 2017.

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 reserach in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

  • 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 award: $200 and a free trip to present at the National 3MT Competition
    • 2nd place award: $100
    • People's Choice award: $100

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

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

Congratulations to our 2016 Graduate 3MT® Competition Winners!

First Place and People's Choice Award Winner: Sarah Byce, M.S. Environmental Studies

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Community-Based Management of the Crown-of-Thorns Seastar in Romblon, Philippines



Second Place Winner: Victoria Ruddle, M.S. Marine Biology
Age Structure of Atlantic and Shortnose Sturgeon using the Minimally Invasive Pectoral Fin Ray


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