The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.
The Fall 2017 competition will be only held for doctoral students. The event will take place on Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Information sessions will be held on
Click here for 2016 3MT Information Session.
Congratulations to our Spring 2017 3MT® Master's student winners!
1st Place: Shane Reader (Psychology)
2nd Place: Alex Tompkins (Marine Biology)
3rd Place: Melanie Gingras (Coastal and Marine System Science)
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a competition celebrating the research of graduate students while promoting and improving skills in students’ presentation, academic, and research communication. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the competition encourages the students’ capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
The first 3MT® was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 RHD (research higher degree) students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT® competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Due to its adoption in numerous universities, a
In 2011, 43 universities were represented in the Trans-Tasman 3MT® which was hosted by The University of Western Australia, and for the first time students from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Hong Kong took part in their own regional events.
In order to withdraw, contestants must notify us no later than October 26th. Notification must be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and copied to the chair or advisor.
A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed. 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 (eg. 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 either movement or speech.
The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
Comprehension & Content
Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?
Engagement & Communication
Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
Was the presenter careful not to
Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye
Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?