Three Minute Thesis Competition


The Three Minute Thesis Competition had a successful first run on February 7, 2019! Check back to this space in the future for details about the 2020 competition. 


The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), 3MT hones 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. For some, it helps to develop an "elevator speech" for their research.


The first 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 research students competing. In 2009 and 2010, the 3MT competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities, and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Due to its adoption in numerous universities, a multi-national event was developed, and the Inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2010.

Since 2011, the popularity of the competition has increased, and 3MT competitions are now held in over 600 universities across more than 65 countries worldwide.

In November 2013, the first Universitas 21 (U21) 3MT competition was held with several universities from around the world competing in a virtual competition. 

2016 brought an expansion of the Trans-Tasman 3MT competition to include a South-East Asia and North-East Asia. This competition is now called the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition. 


Active Master's and doctoral students who are soon to defend or have recently defended their thesis or dissertation are eligible to participate in 3MT competitions at all levels. Entrants must be a current graduate student at the time of competition. 

Past presentations

Below are some examples from other universities' competitions. Watch more examples here. 
3MT in the BGSU News

3MT in the BGSU News

Read about the 2019 competition. See more

3MT in the BG Independent News

3MT in the BG Independent News

Read about the 2019 competition. See more

BGSU competition will offer prizes:
1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $200
3rd Place: $100
People's Choice: $25