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Three Minute Thesis Competition

Develop Your Capacity to Communicate

Three Minute Thesis (3MT™)

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.  3MT is a fun and exciting way for students to present their research!  Awards are available to win! 

Welcome to the 2021 UCM 3MT Virtual Competition!  

Below are the video presentations. Each video presents months of research and pages of written text into a 3 minute video that highlights the scholarly activity and hard work completed by the UCM student.  


Marisa Mayo
Program: Communications, MA
Title of Presentation:  The Use of Religious Rhetoric in Politics: A College Students' Perspective
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Hillary Pennell
Marisa's Presentation


Andrew Basse
Program: Industrial Hygiene, MS
Title of Presentation:  Quantitative Fit Testing of Disposable Respirators
Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Tsvetan Popov
Andrew's Presentation


Who Can Participate

This competition is open to graduate students performing any type of research at UCM, completed or in progress. It is not limited to thesis students. Student must be enrolled as a graduate student during the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 semesters to participate. Registration deadline is midnight on Sunday, January 24, 2021.

Benefits of participating in 3MT

  • The presentation can be added to the student's resume.  
  • Provides students with the opportunity to practice and enhance their communication skills.
  • Allows students to share their projects and scholarly work with the UCM campus.
  • No cost to participate and student's have the opportunity to win prize money.


Registration closes:  midnight, Sunday, January 24, 2021
Final video presentation due:  midnight, Sunday, February, 7, 2021 (to
The final round of competition will be held virtually.  All video presentations will be available via this website on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.  
Faculty, staff, students, friends, family, and the campus community is welcome to watch the video presentations online.  


  • Winner: $500 - The winner will continue to the regional competition and represent UCM at the 2021 Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Annual Conference.


The 2021 UCM 3MT will consist of virtual, asynchronous video presentations.

The competition will be completely virtual, consisting of an asynchronous video presentation submission.  Registered students will record themselves giving their presentation.  The video must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Education & Research by midnight, on Sunday, February 7, 2021 via email to
For full virtual competition rules and virtual competitor guide please see below.
Virtual Competition Rules

Virtual Competitor Guide


The following criteria will be used for the competition.  

Judging Criteria






Graduate Education & Research
Ward Edwards 1900
Tel: (660) 543-4729


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