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.

3MT 2020 Winners & Finalists

Please join us in congratulating our 3MT 2020 Winners and finalists! To view video recordings of student presentations, please click here.

1st Place Winner:
Christina Verhagen, Earth & Planetary Sciences
3MT Title: Magnetic Clocks in Crater Rocks

2nd Place Winner:
Franklin Halprin, Planning and Public Policy
3MT Title: The Bear Truths: Power, History, and Conflict in New Jersey Black Bear Policy

3rd Place Winners:
Rachel Dickler, Education
3MT Title: Using Artificial Intelligence to Support Struggling Students in STEM

Sasha Leidman, Geography
3MT Title: The Mystery of Greenland’s Dark Streams: How Microbes Melt the Greenland Ice Sheet


Analia Albuja, Psychology, How Does Discrimination Affect Bicultural People?

Kate Douthat, Ecology and Evolution, Can a Ditch by the Side of the Road Save Butterflies?

Robert Dowden, Kinesiology and Health, “Long Reads” Show Exercise Alters “Who’s There?” in Gut Bacteria

Serena DeStefani, Psychology, The Space Within

Shilpaa Mukundan, Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering Miniaturized Tuberculosis (TB) Structures for Drug Discovery

Vinam Puri, Pharmaceutical Science, Topically Getting Rid of Nail Fungus

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.

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.

Additional Information

For more information, contact Ramazan Gungor (New Brunswick/Piscataway) or Doreen Badheka (Newark) and visit Information about 3MT 2021 will be posted in Fall 2020.