3MT—Three Minute Thesis

  • 3MT Award Recipients

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.

Individual colleges within BYU will hold their own competitions near the beginning of Winter semester to determine one competitor that will advance to the university-wide competition. The competitor who wins first will receive $5,000, second place will receive $2,500, third place will receive $1,500, and the People’s choice will win $1,000.

Rules

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.