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3MT - 3 Minute Thesis

University 3MT Winners

3MT University Competition

The 2023 3MT competition will be held at 11am on Wednesday, March 15, 2023

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research presentation competition that originated at the University of Queensland in 2008. Since then, the program has spread to universities worldwide. Students participating in the 3MT competition have three minutes to give an oral presentation based on their research. The presentation should avoid discipline-specific jargon and be presented so a lay audience can understand the significance of the research. 

Competitions are held in graduate departments and at the college level to determine which graduate student will advance to the university-wide competition. The competitor who wins first place will receive $2,000, second place will receive $1,500, third place will receive $1,000, and the Presenter's choice will win $500. The remaining participants will each receive $250.

For video examples of past 3MT presentations, visit the official 3MT website.


The following are the competition rules as given directly from 3MT:

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations, or 'movement' of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to a maximum of 3 minutes and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (eg. no poems, raps, or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

For a complete list of rules and more information on judging criteria, please visit the 3MT website.

Congratulations to the winners from our 2022 3MT Event!

Radhya Gamage
Phys Math-Chemistry
Portable Ion Tram Mass Spectrometer
1st place winner and tied Presenter’s choice

Spencer Sandberg
FHSS, Social Work
Resilience During Covid-19 School Closures in Zambia
2nd place winner

Michael Von Gunten
Life Sciences – Neuroscience
LSD: Party Drug, or Miracle Cure for Addiction?
3rd place winner

Samuel Arce
Engineering – Chemical Engineering
The Intelligent Mine
Tied for Presenter’s Choice

2022 3MT Videos

2021 3MT Videos