3MT Three Minute Thesis

Developed by The University of Queensland in 2008 and now held in universities around the globe, the exercise cultivates students' academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

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Preliminary Competition Round(s) 
Thursday, March 23, 2017
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
CBIS Auditorium 


Preliminary competition round(s) will be held during the week of February 27 – March 3. Competition round(s) will be held in order to narrow down the top ten competitors. Specific details about preliminary round(s) will be announced following the Three Minute Thesis Submission Deadline. Three Minute Thesis presentation following 3MT® rules and judging criteria. The top ten competitors will advance to the Final Three Minute Thesis Competition held on Saturday, March 25, 2017.  

Final Competition
Saturday, March 25, 2017
11:00 a.m.
CBIS Auditorium
Part of the Graduate Research Symposium   

The Final Three Minute Thesis Competition will take place during the Graduate Research Symposium following 3MT® rules and judging criteria. The top ten finalists will compete for prizes. (Winner: $500; Runner Up: $250; People’s Choice: $250)