2017-2018 3MT Announcement!

Once again, it's time for our Three Minute Thesis and Dissertation Competition!

This year it will be held on November 10, 2017 in Wilson Hall, Room 168 from 3:00 until 5:00.

Open to UAH Master, PhD and DNP students.

First prize $250, Second place $100, third place $50.

First Prize winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to compete in the regional competition.

Spots are limited. Be sure to register to be able to participate: https://goo.gl/forms/VhYFaQEYAcDcL6Qw2


Learn more about our annual competition:

What is a 3MT?

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia for research students. Graduate students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis/dissertation and its significance. 3MT is not an exercise in trivializing or "dumbing-down" research, but challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience. (UAH includes PhD and DNP research in the competition.)

Why Participate in 3MT?

At UAH, 3MT is part of an effort to provide students with an opportunity to develop their oral communication and presentation skills. It also provides a valuable opportunity for research students to come together, get to know one another and talk about their research in a supportive environment.


For each category (Masters and PhD/DNP)
First Place $250.00
Second place $100.00
Third place $50.00

The overall winner will also receive an all-expenses paid trip to represent UAH at the regional 3MT Competition held by the Council of Graduate Schools Deans at their annual spring meeting (date and time will be announced). This provides an excellent networking and professional development opportunity.

Rules and Regulations

Participants must be able to explain their research or scholarly/creative projects in standard non-disciplinary English to a general audience (the public) in 3 minutes with the help of only one static PowerPoint slide.


  1. Currently enrolled graduate student in good standing at UAH.
  2. The topic must come from a research or scholarly/creative project of significant scope (thesis, dissertation, capstone research, product of learning).
  3. Student should have research and at least preliminary results to present. This is not a presentation about what you plan to research.
  4. The topic must be interesting enough to hold the attention of a nonspecialist; think Smithsonian magazine, Discovery Channel.


  • ONE single static PowerPoint slide is permitted - no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound or video) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g., costumes, instruments, equipment) are permitted.
  • Competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, songs) in English.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced as soon as a presenter starts the presentation through movement or speech.
  • Presentations must be aimed at the educated non-specialist; no disciplinary jargon or specialized vocabulary can be used unless the explanation is part of the three minutes.


The competition will be judged by a panel of individuals from the community, industry, and/or alumni.


Please contact Midori Maloney. For more information visit the 3MT website.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the online entry form: https://goo.gl/forms/VhYFaQEYAcDcL6Qw2