Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

Gray Brilliant

Can you explain your research in 3 minutes?

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, for Ph.D. students in 2008. Since the first 3MT® competition was held at UQ in 2008, the competition has grown to be held in 19 countries and more than 35 research universities in the United States.

The goal of the 3MT® competition is for Ph.D. students from all departments and colleges to cultivate the ability to explain their research, including both breadth and significance, in a language appropriate to an audience containing both specialists and non-specialists, all within 3 minutes. The 3MT® competition provides graduate students with the opportunity to sharpen their professional development skills, reignite their passion for discovery, promote preeminent research, and foster community within the Graduate School. 3MT® will be a venue for graduate students from various disciplines to interact with one another and discuss their research and its implications. The competition provides an opportunity for undergraduates, alumni, industry partners, various on-campus departments/institutions, and the community to be exposed to high-level, cutting-edge research being performed at the University of Notre Dame.

Why you should consider competing:

  • 3MT is a prestigious international competition - participating not only highlights your scholarly achievement, but it also works to define you as an active, expressive and engaging candidate.
  • The interdisciplinary competition provides an opportunity for you to interact and learn from others while gaining valuable practice in presenting your research.
  • You will gain experience in communicating your work through an oral presentation -- a requisite skill set in both industry and academia.

Visit the Graduate School Shaheen 3MT website for more information.