Announcing the 3rd 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 research competition.

The School of Graduate Studies invites doctoral students to present their research at our third 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.

Student Testimonials

3MT is a valuable experience for student participants. Past SGS students described their experiences stating:

This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to express the complete research work in limited time to layman audience which otherwise I would have never thought of doing!

The condensed format really made me think carefully about what parts of my project are the most important. Putting together my presentation helped me refine my "elevator pitch" for conferences and interviews and it also helped me become a more concise speaker as I got a lot of practice editing out unnecessary phrases from my 3MT drafts.

It helped me to organize my thoughts in a concise and logical manner, which was important for writing my full length thesis.

It was both a unique experience and a challenging quest that uninhibited me to share my passion for all my work and my efforts.

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.  If you are unsure of your eligibility or would like more information about 3MT, please contact event coordinator Steph Brescia.

Students will need to register for the competition online and participate in one of two preliminary rounds.

The top eight candidates from the preliminary rounds will advance to the final round of competition, which will take place on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in the Fiber Optics Building on the Busch Campus.

Top presenters will receive cash prizes:

  • $500 for first place
  • $250 for second place
  • $250 for third place

The first place winner will be invited to compete in a regional 3MT competition hosted by the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS).

3MT® Resources

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.


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