3-Minute Thesis Application

Arts and Sciences3-MT


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.
  • Candidates must be on track for timely completion.
  • Graduates are not eligible.


  • 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, March 14, 2015 
  • 9:00 am to Noon (depending on number of entries)

How to enter: Provide the following

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Name of Thesis Advisor
  • Thesis Abstract

Deadline for application:
Tuesday, March 10, 5:00 pm, 2015

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