The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by Ph.D. students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

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Active Ph.D. and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone—including candidates whose thesis is under submission—by the date of their first presentation are eligible to participate in 3MT competitions at all levels. Graduates are not eligible.

  • Professional Doctorate (Research) (program composed of at least 2/3 research) and funded via the Research Training Scheme (for Australian students). Professional Doctorate (coursework) students and Master's students are not eligible for the 3MT® Asia-Pacific competition.
  • UAB will have an opportunity for thesis bearing Master's students to compete. They will not be eligible to continue on and compete at the regional level. Master's competition prizes are $100 for 1st, $75 for 2nd, and $50 for 3rd place.

Competition Prizes

WinnerRunner-upPeople's Choice
$1000 $750 $500


3MT Information Session
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, 1-2 p.m.
Hill Student Center Room 203
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Deadline to register
Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, 5 p.m.

3MT Practice Sessions
All sessions will be held in Lister Hill Library G08 Conference Room
Sessions will last about 15 minutes

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, 1:15 to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, 12 to 3 p.m.

3MT Preliminaries
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018

8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Hill Student Center rooms 314, 316 and 318

3MT Semifinals
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

9:30 to 11 a.m.
Hill Student Center ballrooms B, C and D

3MT Finals
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Master’s students: 9:30 a.m.
PhD students: 3 p.m.
Hill Student Center Alumni Theater

Previous Winners

1st Place

Kathryn Henley
1st Place

2nd Place

Ahmed Elhattab
2nd Place

People's Choice

Clarrisa Weaver
People's Choice

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