3MT® Competition

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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi held its first 3MT®competition during the 2015-2016 academic year, with separate competitions for Doctoral and Master’s graduate students. 

The Spring 2018 competition will be held for both doctoral & masters' students. The event will take place on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 in the Harte Research Institute from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Spring 2018 3MT Competition

Important Deadlines

Application deadline extended to March 2nd!

  • January 10th: Applications Open.
  • March 2nd: Applications Close.
  • April 5th: 3MT Competition from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in HRI. 


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3MT Information Sessions

Information session will be held on February 8th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in GROW suite (library 220). Join us to have your questions answered!

Click here to register!

2018 3MT Information Session: Video, Presentation Slides

Past Winners

Congratulations to our Fall 2017 3MT® Doctoral student winners!

1st Place: Adriana Dyurich (Counselor Education)

2nd Place: Akash Ashapure (Geospatial Computing Sciences)

3rd Place: Stephanie R. Medina (Curriculum & Instruction)


About the Competition:

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 multi-national event was developed, and the Inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT® competition was held at UQ in 2010 with 33 universities participating.

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.

Eligibility and Prizes

  • Contestant must be a currently enrolled doctoral and master's student at TAMUCC. Contestant must be the Principal Investigator (P.I.) in the research or working as part of a research team at TAMU􀀐CC.
  • Contestant must have approval from their dissertation chair or research advisor.
  • Contestant's data must be collected for the presented research prior to the competition.


In order to withdraw, contestants must notify us no later than March 22nd. Notification must be sent via email to grow@tamucc.edu and copied to the chair or advisor.

Rules and Judging Criteria

  • 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 trivialise or generalise their research?

  • 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 contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?

  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?


Here are a few great resources!

  • View this handy PowerPoint

  • Check out past winner videos from around the world

  • Get presentation advice from the 2014 TAMU winner (below)

  • Read this article in The Scientist Magazine about the 3MT® competition, its development, and its adaptation in the United States

For more information, see 3MT® Rules and Judging Criteria.