Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition that challenges master's and Ph.D. students to describe their research topic and its significance in just 3 minutes to a general audience.
3MT seeks to enhance the profile of graduate students both within university communities and the wider community. 3MT develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. 3MT is not designed to trivialize or "dumb-down" research, but rather encourage students to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries.
Students are allowed to use one static slide, and no additional transitions, animation, video, or props. Presentations are all spoken word, and exclude songs and theatrical performances.
The 2018 3MT finals will be held Thursday, February 22, at the Normal Theater. College winners will be due to the Graduate School by Monday, January 22nd. More details will be posted when available.
First place: $1,000
Second place: $750
People's choice: $1,000
The first place winner will be entered in the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools competition in April. In the event the first place winner is unable to attend, the second place winner will attend. Prizes are taxable.
3MT was developed by the University of Queensland (UQ) and has spread to over 18 countries and 200 universities worldwide. UQ owns the rights to the program and branding of the logo while providing extensive resources to host local competitions. In the United States 3MT is fast growing and has expanded to regional competitions (eg. Midwest Association of Graduate Schools) and potentially to a national competition at the annual Council of Graduate Schools meeting. UQ has expanded their Australian competition to the Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition to include Australia, New Zealand, and a select number of Asian institutions.
Learn more at ThreeMinuteThesis.org.
Milner Library has video recording equipment available to record your 3MT presentation.