This years 3-Minute Thesis Competition will be on November 2, 2022! More details to come...

I'll give you 3 minutes!...

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by Master's, PhD, and DNP students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills.

The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research and its significance in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

3MT® is now a globally-recognized competition. In 2019, over 900 institutions across more than 80 countries are holding a 3MT® event.

Why Participate?

This event is part of an effort to provide our masters and doctoral students with an opportunity to develop their oral communication andpresentation 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. And you can win cash...


First Place: $250.00
Second place: $100.00
Third place: $50.00

The 1st place 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.


  • 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) arepermitted.
  • 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 apresenter starts the presentation through movement or speech.
  • Presentations must be aimed at the educated non-specialist; nodisciplinary jargon or specialized vocabulary can be used unless theexplanation is part of the three minutes.


  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, capstoneresearch, 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 anon-specialist; think Smithsonian magazine, Discovery Channel.


The competition will be judged by a panel of individuals from the community, industry, and/or alumni. The judges will be scoring basedon Comprehension, Content, and Engagement.

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the backgroundand significance to the research question being addressed while explaining terminology and avoiding jargon?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?

If you have any questions, please email For those interested in competing, the online form will be open soon. An email will be sent to all graduate students once it is open.