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Three Minute Thesis®

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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.


Registration for 2017’s Three Minute Thesis competition in now closed. If you still need to submit an advisor consent form, you can may still do so by clicking the button below.


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

Please contact Wayne Cochrane at for questions regarding your 3MT presentation.

2017 Three Minute Thesis  

Congratulations to our 2017 Three Minute Thesis Winners: First Place Winner Kayla Griffin (Communication, M.A.)., Second Place Winner Mark Galaviz (Communication, M.A) and People’s Choice Winner Mike Henry (Materials Science & Engineering, Ph.D.). Click here to view the winning presentations.

For more information contact Wayne Cochrane at