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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!  Prizes are available to win!  The event will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, starting at 3:00pm, in Ward Edwards 2000.  


Registration for the 2020 3MT Event is now open! 

    Registration is free for current students. 

Register Now!

Before accessing the registration form, collect the following information/items:

  • title of presentation
  • name and email address of faculty advising/assisting
  • DOR response letter or IRB/IACUC approval letter
  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 3pm,  marked on your calendar!

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 2019 or Spring 2020 semesters to participate. Registration deadline is midnight on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

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.


The competition will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.  If needed, preliminary rounds will be held February 3-7, 2020; 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 11, 2020.  Registration deadline is midnight on January 26, 2020.  



  • Winner: $300 - The winner will continue to the regional competition and represent UCM at the 2020 Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 1-3, 2020.
  • Runner-up: $200
  • People’s Choice: $100 - This category will be chosen by a vote of the audience in attendance at the competition.

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


  • 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 (e.g. 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.

Competitor Guide

Judging Criteria






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


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