Three Minute Thesis
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 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 in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition is an event designed to test the presentation skills of doctoral students. Knowledge in a field will allow you to succeed, but can you communicate it effectively to an audience from diverse backgrounds?
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition was developed by the University of Queensland, and has been adopted by universities around the world. The Dean of UQ’s Graduate School, Professor Alastair McEwan, said 3MT® was designed to develop skills that will give students an important career advantage once they complete their studies. 3MT® provides a unique opportunity to profile and celebrate the innovative research conducted by postgraduate research candidates from around the world.
“It is a reality that many Ph.D. students will need to communicate their ideas and results to people who may not necessarily have expertise in their field,” Professor McEwan said. “3MT® develops the ability of students to communicate the significance and outcomes of their project in a short space of time.”
The first 3MT® competition was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 RHD 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 170 universities across more than 18 countries worldwide.
In Spring 2016, the College of Graduate Studies hosted the first University of Idaho Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition.