Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland in Australia. It challenges graduate students to make a compelling presentation on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. The competition helps students develop academic, presentation and research communication skills and the capacity to explain their research to a non-academic audience.
The 2018 Three Minute Thesis competition will be held in Fall 2018. Registration for the competition will open in September. Please see competition dates and guidelines below.
Preliminary Round 1 - October 9
Preliminary Round 2 - October 10
Preliminary Round 3 - October 11
Final Round - November 8
People’s Choice: $250
A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or movement of any kind, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration).
No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) are permitted.
No additional props (e.g., 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 spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps or songs).
Presentations are to commence from the stage.
Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
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 an intelligent but non-specialist audience?
Comprehension: Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
Engagement: Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?
For more information concerning the competition, please contact Dr. Emilia Hodge at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Florida Graduate School, in collaboration with the Organization for Graduate Student Academic and Professional Development (OGAP) hosted the fourth annual Three Minute Thesis Competition on November 9, 2017. Ten students competed for a chance to win cash prizes.
WINNER: Thiago Borba Onofre, Agricultural Engineering Ph.D. student, for his presentation titled “A Wireless Sensor Network for a Strawberry Disease Warning System.”
RUNNER-UP: Ting Dong, Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. student, for her presentation titled "Prognostics and health management of aircraft structures."
PEOPLE'S CHOICE: Enrico Barrozo, Genetics & Genomics Ph.D. student, for his presentation titled "RibOzyme Gene Therapy for Ocular Herpes."
Winner: Andrea Lin, Medical Sciences Ph.D. student, for her presentation titled “Immunotherapy for Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes.”
The University of Florida Graduate School, in collaboration with the Organization for Graduate Student Academic and Professional Development (OGAP) hosted the third annual Three Minute Thesis Competition on March 29, 2016. Ten students competed for a chance to win cash prizes. Below is a recording of the event along with the individual presentations of each student.
Event Recording of 3MT® 2016
Full Event Recording (including awards ceremony)