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Three Minute Thesis®


The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition was developed by the University of Queensland and celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students. Participants have just three minutes and one slide to present compelling oration on their thesis or dissertation topic and its significance.

The competition cultivates student’s academic, presentation, and research communication skills, and helps graduate students to effectively explain their research in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. The 3MT® competition is now held in over 200 universities across more than 18 countries worldwide. Click here to view winning presentations from around the globe.

Boise State University’s 3MT® competition will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 10:00 am-12:00 pm in the Alumni and Friends Center Ballroom. Cash prizes will be awarded to First and Second place and Viewer’s Choice!


Currently enrolled Boise State University masters and doctoral students may participate at any state of progression towards earning their degree prior to graduation. The subject of the 3MT® presentation must be on your thesis/dissertation research or your culminating scholarly activity. Please consult your advisor prior to signing up.


Judging will be based on the following:
  • Communication Style: Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Comprehension: Did the presentation help the audience to understand the research?
  • Engagement: Did the oration make the audience want to know more?

Preparing Your 3MT® Presentation

Would you like to learn more about the Three Minute Thesis Competition? We will be offering practice sessions will be held on the following dates:

Thursday, March 14 at 12:00 pm in the Boyington Room in the SUB
Thursday, March 15 at 3:00 pm in the Farnsworth Room in the SUB

Please contact Katie Stone at for questions regarding your 3MT presentation.

View the 2016 Three Minute Thesis Winning Presentations:

Overall Winner: Katie Gibble

People’s Choice Winner: Veiko Valencia

For more information contact Katie Stone at