3 Minute Thesis

The Graduate School will be hosting the first Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. This competition will provide graduate students with an opportunity to communicate the significance and impact of their research project to a non-specialized audience in just three minutes. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.


  1. You must be actively enrolled in a Master’s (Thesis option A) or Ph.D. program and in good academic standing.
    1. Graduate students who have started their research or creative scholarship project and have gathered preliminary data, and findings are also eligible to participate. It is not necessary for a project to have been fully completed to participate in this competition.
  2. You must be available to present in person at the 3MT® preliminary round and the final competitions.

To Apply:

  1. Complete the USD 3MT® Application Form and obtain your research advisor’s signature.
  2. After the application deadline passes, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to submit your presentation slide.

Competition Rules

  1. A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration).
  2. No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  3. No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment, laser pointer ) are permitted.
  4. Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  5. Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps, or songs).
  6. Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  7. Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  8. The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.


  1. First place winner will be reimbursed for all eligible travel expenses for participation in the Midwestern association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3MT competition, Grand Rapids MI, April 4-6, 2018.
  2. The second-placed student will be awarded $250.


Name Department & Office Contact
Edith Reza-Martinez
Program Assistant
McKusick Technology 211

3 Minute Thesis