WHat is 3MT®?
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) in which graduate students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis / dissertation 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.
Graduate students currently enrolled in a Texas State University research Ph.D. or Ed.D. program and master's students on a thesis track are eligible to compete. The presentation must include findings/outcomes of research, i.e., you cannot present your proposal; you must have at least preliminary findings. Read more about the presentation rules and judging criteria.
How it works
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 doctoral and master's students. Each group will send the top scoring doctoral student, top scoring master's student, overall runner-up and the people's choice winner to the University Final.
The preliminary rounds will take place March 27–29, 2018.
2018 University Final Competition
Awards at the University Final Competition are not categorized by master's or doctoral level, and include 1st place and runner-up (awarded by judges) and people's choice (awarded by the audience). 1st place and runner-up can also win the people's choice because the latter is awarded separately by the audience in attendance at the 3MT®.
The University Final will take place on April 3, 2018.
If you are interested in participating, sign up for our Introduction to the 3MT® Shop Talk on November 15 to learn more about the 3MT® competition rules, how to prepare for the competition, and the next steps to take as a participant. There is another Introduction to the 3MT® Shop Talk scheduled to be held in February 2018 for those who cannot attend the one this fall. (Of course, if you are not able to attend either of the Shop Talks, you can still participate! Just make sure to register once registration opens this spring.)
Students who are interested in competing in the 3MT® must sign up for the competition no later than March 1, 2018. Registration for the competition is limited so be sure to sign up soon after it opens this spring!
Once you register, you will receive the time and date of your assigned preliminary round the first week of March.
2017 First Place Winner
2017 People's Choice
The 3MT® was such a rewarding experience because, after spending so much time by myself researching and writing my dissertation, I finally had the opportunity to talk about my work in a way that resonated and connected with others. — Sydney Granger Saumby, 2015 First Place Winner