3MT (or Three Minute Thesis) is a research presentation competition that originated at the University of Queensland in 2008. Since then, the program has spread to several universities worldwide. Students participating in 3MT have three minutes to give a presentation based on their thesis. Of course, three minutes is not enough time to present an entire thesis, so there is only time for the essentials. For video examples of past 3MT presentations, visit the official 3MT website.

Applications are reviewed in a two-step process. First, applications are reviewed by an educated, lay audience. Second, applications are reviewed by faculty endorsers.  Each application is scored based on the following two sections:

Research Award Type


Section 1: Significance of Conference (10 points)

Superior (8-10 pts)

Students are encouraged to consider the following limitations when applying for an RPA:

There is some criteria you must meet in order to qualify for an RPA:

Term Applicant Deadlines    Recommender Deadlines Conference Date
Fall 2018 October 15, 2018 at 5 pm October 22, 2018 at 5 pm Jul - Dec 2018
Winter 2019 February 11, 2019 at 5pm February 18, 2019 at 5pm

GSS achieves its mission by:

The purpose and mission of BYU Graduate Student Society is to:

  1. Enrich the BYU graduate student culture by providing events that promote intellectual growth, professional development, spirituality, and social interaction,
  2. Enhance the BYU graduate student experience by providing a campus-wide voice for graduate student needs and concerns, and
  3. Encourage scholarly and creative contribution by promoting innovative research and field-preparation opportunities.

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