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Take the 3MT Challenge

This spring, graduate and professional students at UT are invited to participate in our own Three Minute Thesis (3MT©) competition. Three Minute Thesis (3MT©) is a research communication competition originally developed by The University of Queensland in 2008, and now has been widely adopted at universities around the world. In this competition, participants have three minutes and a single slide to present their research to a lay audience. It is a great way to test your skills at communicating often highly technical concepts to the public. Judging criteria are focused on two core competencies:

  • Comprehension & Content: did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  • Engagement: did the oration make the audience want to know more?

Eligibility of Participants

All participants who are preparing a master’s thesis, doctoral dissertation, or who play a major role in research-based projects (including case studies) are eligible to apply and be selected to participate in the 3MT© presentations. The final selection of the 3MT© participants in each college will be determined by that college.


  • A single static image or slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description, 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 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. 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 movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.


Semi-final competitions will take place in early March, and during Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week (April 3-7), finalists will compete for cash prizes, provided by the Graduate School and participating colleges.

If you are interested in participating, you should contact one of the following associate deans for your college/program:

We will be announcing available workshops for participants soon, to help presenters understand the rules and what criteria will be used to evaluate their presentations.

The Graduate School and UT colleges look forward to seeing these presentations, and we hope that many of you will take this opportunity to gain valuable experience in sharing the research that you are engaged in here at UT to audiences outside of their field.