3-Minute Thesis



The 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition for PhD and Research Masters candidates in the College of Arts and Sciences. With just three minutes to give a compelling presentation on their thesis topic and its significance, the 3MT competition forces research candidates to consolidate their ideas and crystallize their research discoveries.  This competition supports the development of research candidates' capacity to communicate their ideas effectively to a wide-range of non-specialist audiences as well as to the community.  


  • Candidates who are active in a graduate degree research program such as the PhD, or a Masters degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences that requires a thesis or dissertation.
  • Candidates must be on track for timely completion.
  • Graduates are not eligible.
  • Previous first place award winner may not compete again.


  • A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations, movements etc.). 
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, instruments [musical, laboratory, etc.]) are permitted. 

  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum – competitors exceeding 3 minutes will be disqualified.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.


  • Communication style: was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-­-specialist audience?
  • Comprehension: did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  • Engagement: did the oration make the audiences want to know  more?


  • First Place - $1,000
  • Second Place - $500
  • Third Place - $250

When and Where:

  • Corbett Center Auditorium
  • Saturday, April 2, 2016 
  • 9:30 am to Noon (depending on number of entries)

How to enter: Provide the following as a word attachment to jbrown@nmsu.edu by March 21, 2016

  • Name
  • Email address
  • One paragraph biography that included all degrees earned and your present academic department, degree sought, and the time you have been a graduate student in the department
  • Name of Thesis Advisor
  • One paragraph thesis Abstract

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