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Texas State 3MT®

The 2021 Texas State 3MT® will be held in fall 2021. Stay tuned for event details!

the official 3MT Logo which reads "3MT three minute thesis, founded by The University of Queensland" in bright green and purple font

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Texas State 3MT® University Final!

First Place

First place winner Rezwan Matin
Rezwan Matin, master's student in engineering, presenting "Autism & Emotions"


Runner-up Faraz Moghimi
Faraz Moghimi, master's student in engineering, presenting "Finding the Economically Suitable Markets for Vertical Farming: Help the Environment and Make a Profit?"

People's Choice

People's choice Alyse Finch
Alyse Finch, master's student in psychological research, presenting "Music and Memory: Implications for Alzheimer's and Dementia"

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 around the world.  The Graduate College is excited about providing our students the opportunity to participate in the Texas State University 3MT® Competition.

Why Compete?

  • promote your research
  • enhance communication skills
  • learn how to explain your research to a non-specialized audience
  • develop your “elevator pitch” discussions of your research (especially useful for  job interviews!)
  • awards at both the preliminary and final rounds


Texas State University 3MT® Competition Eligibility

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 or pilot study findings. Read more about the presentation rules and judging criteria.

How it works

Preliminary Round

The purpose of the Preliminary Round is to advance the four top-scoring presentations in each group to the University Final. In each group, three presenters will be advanced based on official judges' scores, and the fourth presenter will be chosen by the university community through online voting (People's Choice Winner).

University Final Competition

The University Final is live and in person. Awards at the University Final Competition include first place and runner-up (awarded by judges) and People's Choice (awarded by the audience). First place and runner-up can also win the People's Choice because the latter is awarded separately by the audience in attendance at the University Final.


University Final

Awarded by judges:

  • First Place
  • Runner-up

Awarded by audience:

  • People’s Choice

University Preliminary Group

Awarded by judges:

  • Top Scoring Presentation 1
  • Top Scoring Presentation 2
  • Top Scoring Presentation 3

Awarded by audience:

  • People's Choice


Stay tuned for registration for this year's competition!

How to Prepare

Presentation Preparation

Prepare for your 3MT® talk by:

3MT® Judges
Judges are selected from the Texas State and San Marcos communities. Learn more about judging criteria and presentation rules.

Previous Competitions

Need some inspiration? Watch students present their research in previous Texas State 3MT® Competitions:

You can also watch 3MT®  winners from competitions at other universities.

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


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  If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact 512.245.2581 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

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