Three Minute Thesis

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) that challenges graduate students to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. 

3MT® develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience 

We are following the University of Queensland's official rules for holding university competitions. To compete, students will register online and submit their PowerPoint slides according to the official requirements by the deadline below. All registrants will receive a confirmation email that includes an upload link along with further directions for submitting their slides. 

A competitor guide is available to assist students in developing their video presentations. 

The preliminary rounds of the 3MT® competition take place in late November. 

Following the prelims, finalists will move on to a second round of competitions in January. 

Explore the highlights of the 2023-2024 3MT® finals in our latest blog post: "3MT® Brilliance". 

3MT Finalists posing with Dr. Farmer-Kaiser holding their certificates

How to Enter

Nov. 18


The deadline to enter is always in the Fall. Bookmark this page as the date may change.

3MT® Official Requirements

You are required to have a 3 minute presentation, a single static slide, no additional props, and presentations are to be spoken in word.

UL Lafayette Guidelines

Compete in prelims, advance to the second round in January. The winner proceeds to represent the university in the Regional competition.