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University of Central Missouri’s 2018 Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition


The 3MT™, developed by The University of Queensland, is a competition that develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of students' capacities to effectively explain their research to a non-specialist audience.


How It Works

Students will have three minutes to present a compelling presentation on their research topic and its significance using only one PowerPoint slide.

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Who Can Participate

This competition is open to students performing any type of graduate research at UCM, completed or in progress. It is not limited to thesis students. Student must be enrolled as a graduate student during the Spring 2018 semester to participate. Registration deadline in January 23, 2018 with a priority deadline of December 31, 2017.

Registration is now open for the 2018 competition! Click here to register.



The competition will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 in Ward Edwards room 2000 from 3:30-5 p.m. If needed, preliminary rounds will be held January 30 and 31; students will have the opportunity to choose their participation day and time. Only the top 10 finalists will participate in the competition round on February 6, 2018.

All presentations will be videotaped and will appear on the graduate studies YouTube channel


Winner: $300 - The winner will continue on to regionals and represent UCM at the 2018 Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, MI April 4-6, 2018.

Runner-up: $200

People’s Choice: $100 - This category will be chosen by a vote of the audience in attendance at the competition.


  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description)
  • 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
  • The decision of the judging panel is final

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