Introducing the 1st Annual Three Minute Thesis Competition

Created in 2008 by the University of Queensland, the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) has become
an acclaimed national and international competition.

Beginning this year, the School of Graduate Studies invites doctoral students to present their research at our first annual 3MT competition as we partner with universities across the world to enhance scholarly communication and celebrate our students’ outstanding work.

Why 3MT?

The 3MT competition will teach you how to communicate effectively to specialists and non-specialists alike, preparing you to present your research at scholarly conferences and to take part in both academic and professional job markets.

The competition also promotes the value of doctoral research to a wider community and strengthens scholarly engagement and collaboration across the disciplines.

Eligibility & Competition Structure

Eligible students must be active School of Graduate Studies Ph.D. candidates who have successfully passed their qualifying exams by the date of their first 3MT presentation.

Interested students are strongly encouraged to attend a 3MT information session as well as the 3MT preparation workshops. Students will register for the competition online and participate in one of three preliminary rounds.

The top eight candidates from the preliminary rounds will advance to the final round of competition, which will take place on March 22, 2018, at the Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village on Douglass Campus.

Top presenters will receive cash prizes:
$500 for first place
$250 for the runner-up
$250 for the audience choice.

The winner will be selected to compete in a regional 3MT competition hosted by the Northeast Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS).

If you are planning to participate in this year's 3MT competition, we encourage you to check out the following online videos:

  1. Three Tips to Help You Prepare a Winning Presentation
  2. 3MT: The Three Most Common Mistakes
  3. Sample 3MT Coaching Session

If you'd like to see videos of previous 3MT competitions, please visit the 3MT video archive.


*Please note that 3MT Preparation workshops are not mandatory for interested participants. However, it is strongly recommended that students attend one of our workshops. Students that are not interested in 3MT but would like to further develop their scholarly presentation skills are welcome to attend either workshop.


For more information, contact Steph Brescia (New Brunswick/Piscataway) or Doreen Badheka (Newark) and visit