Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ). Doctoral students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their research and its significance. 3MT® is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research, but instead challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.
The first 3MT® was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 students competing. Enthusiasm for the 3MT® concept grew and it has now been adopted by numerous universities in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong and the United States. The Graduate College is excited about providing our students the opportunity to participate in the Texas State University 3MT® Competition.
Accept the challenge to distill your research into a three minute presentation that is understandable to individuals outside of your field and participate in the Texas State University 3MT® Competition.
Graduate students currently enrolled in a Texas State University research Ph.D or Ed.D program as well as masters students on a thesis track are eligible to compete (non-thesis masters students are unable to compete). It is not necessary for Ph.D/Ed.D students to have advanced to candidacy by the time of the competition. The presentation must include findings/outcomes of research (that is, it can’t be a dissertation proposal that is presented, there must be at least preliminary findings).
Preliminary group Rounds - March 22nd & 23rd, 2017
After the Introduction to the 3MT® Shop Talk, registered students will be assigned a group number in one preliminary round group. Groups will consist of Ph.D/Ed.D and master's students. Each group will send the top scoring doctoral student, top scoring masters student, overall runner up and the people's choice winner to the University Final.
University Final Competition - April 4th, 2017
The finalists will all compete in one final competition for one of four winning spots.
Awards for Each Preliminary Round Group
1st Place Doctoral Winner $150
Awards for University Final
1st Place Doctoral Winner $500
Conference of Southern Graduate Schools’ 3MT® competition
The First Place Winner of the Texas State University Final Competition will have the opportunity to compete in the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools’ 3MT®competition the following year, with travel/lodging to the conference funded by The Graduate College.
Videos from previous Texas State 3MT® competitions are available:
Videos of 3MT® winners from competitions at other universities are available at http://threeminutethesis.org/.