Three Minute Thesis

Important Information


The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research competition developed by The University of Queensland. The competition develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
3MT Video Entry Due: Tuesday, February 1, 2022
WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Friday, February 11, 2022


Interested participants should register using following link to access the registration form.

Informational and Preparation Seminar:

To prepare for the competition, The College of Graduate Studies has prepared an Informational and Preparation Seminar.  The video link will be emailed when the registration is completed. 


Currently enrolled masters (thesis program) or doctoral students will be eligible to participate in 3MT™. Graduates of YSU are not eligible.


A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or “movement” of any description)
No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) is permitted
No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) permitted
Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum, and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified
The decision of the judging panel is final

Judging Criteria

Detailed information will be presented at the Informational Seminar

Comprehension and Content: did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
Engagement and Communication: did the presentation make the audience want to know more? Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience?