Three Minute Thesis
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate 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.
Date, time and location:
- Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023
- 2:30 p.m. NEW TIME
- Vandal Ballroom, Pitman Center*
» See rules.
First place: $1,000
Second place: $750
Third place: $500
People’s Choice: $250
The top four winners at U of I will qualify to compete in the statewide event Feb. 6, 2024. Visit our 3MT state webpage for details.
* Students not on the Moscow campus may compete for the qualifier via ZOOM. Please use the apply to compete link and let us know your location.
Note: Top qualifiers moving forward to statewide, regional, and so forth will need to attend the in-person competitions.
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition is an event designed to test the presentation skills of graduate 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®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. It has since 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.”