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.

Congratulations 2021 Winners!

First Place: Shannon Bley, M.S. Marine Biology                                                         See the slide | Watch the video
                 Tire Wear Particles: From the Streets to the Creeks


Second Place: Bryan Granger, M.S. Data Science and Analytics                             See the slide | Watch the video     

                 Classifying Works of Art Using Deep Embedded Clustering

                          Lucas Vaughan, M.S. Mathematical Sciences                                   See the slide | Watch the video
                  Modeling Carbon Dynamics Using FACE Data from Duke Forest

People's Choice: Delaney Drake, M.S. Marine Biology                                               See the slide | Watch the video
                         The Secret Life of the Caribbean Hogfish

                             Judith Taylor, M.S. Environmental and Sustainability Studies      See the slide | Watch the video    
                       Where the Seawall Ends: A Partcipatory and Spatial Analysis into Potential Impacts of the Proposed Charleston                               Seawall on Upper Peninsula Environmental Justice Communities

Watch the videos from all our 3MT® competitors!

3MT® 2022 Competition: TBD
3MT® 2022 Application: TBD

  • 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: $500 and an opportunity to participate in the regional competition
  • 2nd place: $250
  • People's Choice: $200

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; www.threeminutethesis.org