Three-Minute Thesis

A competition developed by The University of Queensland, Three Minute Thesis develops academic, presentation and research-communication skills, helping students to effectively explain their research to a non-specialist audience.

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Three-Minute Thesis Canceled

PNW’s 2020 Three-Minute Thesis competition has been canceled due to PNW’s COVID-19 precautionary planning.

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Join Us!

April 6, 2020

The PNW Graduate Studies Office will is aligning our 2020 3MT® competition with PNW Days of Discovery. Learn about the research discoveries being made by PNW students.

Cash awards will be given for winners and runners-up winners.

For graduate students:

  • $500 for the winner
  • $250 for the runner-up

For senior undergraduate students:

  • $500 for the winner
  • $250 for the runner-up

Competition Rules

Explore eligibility from judging criteria, see how the 3MT® competition operates.

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Participant Guidelines

Competing in 3MT®? See our pointers, from writing to creating your slide!

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About the 3MT

3MT® at Purdue University Northwest

Currently active senior undergraduate students and graduate students are eligible to participate in 3MT®. Graduate and undergraduates present in separate rounds. Work presented must have been conducted at PNW and should be in the final stages so you have some sound conclusions and impacts from your research. Capstone projects are accepted for competition. These projects must include a level of research and scholarship. Previous graduates are not eligible.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UC), Australia. The competition develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of students’ capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.

3MT® is a fast-paced competition presented in only three minutes with only one slide. It is not an exercise in trivializing or “dumbing down” research, but challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries. During each competition, participants will have three minutes to present a compelling discussion on their research topic, including its significance and relevance, to the general public.