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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Eligibility

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 are not eligible for the 3MT® Asia-Pacific competition.

Competition Prizes

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

Schedule

3MT Information Session
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019
12 - 1 p.m.
Shelby 105
Bring your own lunch.
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Deadline to register
Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, 5 p.m.

3MT Practice Sessions
Sessions will be held in Shelby 105 and the Graduate School large conference room. Sessions will last about 20 minutes.
Practice sessions are as follows:

  • Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    (Grad School conference room)
  • Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    (Grad School conference room)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, from 8 a.m. to noon
    (Shelby 105)
  • Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    (Grad School conference room)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, from 8 a.m. to noon
    (Shelby 105)
  • Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    (Grad School conference room)
  • Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, from 8 a.m. to noon
    (Shelby 105)
  • Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    (Grad School conference room)

3MT Preliminaries
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Shelby 105

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Grad School large conference room

3MT Semifinals
Thursday, October 31, 2019
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hill Student Center meeting room 318

3MT Finals
Thursday, November 7, 2019
10 a.m. to noon
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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Questions?

Please email Kim Eaton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you may have.