Your graduate research. 3 minutes. 1 slide.
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of students' capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.
Doctoral students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their dissertation topic and its significance. 3MT™ is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research but forces students to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries.
3MT™ Finalists are eligible for one of the three awards: 1st Place ($1,000), 2nd Place ($750), and the People’s Choice ($500) selected by the audience.
Skills development for research candidates
Participating in 3MT develops academic, presentation and research communication skills, while developing research candidates’ ability to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
Building external relations for the university
3MT winners go on to represent FSU at regional and national competitions which provides an excellent networking and professional development opportunity.
Currently enrolled doctoral students at Florida State University are eligible to participate in the 3MT™. 3MT® presentations must represent the primary research the student has conducted in their graduate program.
Master's students are not eligible.
- Winner: $1,000
- Runner-up: $750
- People's Choice (selected by the audience): $500
At every level of the competition each competitor will be assessed on the judging criteria listed below. Each criterion is equally weighted and has an emphasis on audience.
Comprehension and content
- Presentation provided clear background and significance to the research question
- Presentation clearly described the research strategy/design and the results/findings of the research
- Presentation clearly described the conclusions, outcomes and impact of the research
Engagement and communication
- The oration was delivered clearly, and the language was appropriate for a non-specialist audience
- The PowerPoint slide was well-defined and enhanced the presentation
- The presenter conveyed enthusiasm for their research and captured and maintained the audience’s attention
- A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description), and the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration and remain in view for the duration of the oration.
- No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
- No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
- Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum, and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
- The decision of the judging panel is final.
2021 3MT™ Winners and Finalists
Chris Omni - 1st place
Blacktivating Joy: An Arts-based, Digital Storytelling Adventure of Black Womxn and Joy
Daryn Sagel - 2nd place
Modern Methods of Analyzing Fire Spread
Nidhi Walia - 2nd Place
To Understand the Role of Sulfite Reductase Enzyme in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Ana Sanchez Solarte - People's Choice
Teachers Matter: Exploring Foreign Language Teachers’ Wellbeing, Their Instructional Practices and Their Links to Student Engagement
Past 3MT™ Competitions
Fall 2020 3MT™
Mark Duslak (Educational Leadership & Policy Studies) and Matthew Martenson (Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences) finished first this year.
Fall 2019 3MT™
Judges selected Alyssa Henderson (Physics)and Sara Jones (Biomedical Sciences) as this year’s first-place winners.
Fall 2018 3MT™
Doctoral student in biological science, Eve Humphrey took the fist place at this year 3MT competition and won $1,000.
Fall 2017 3MT™
For the first time, a student from the College of Education, Shannon Gooden (Teacher Education), won the $1,000 prize.
Fall 2016 3MT™
Madhuparna Roy(Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering)won first place in this year competition.
Fall 2015 3MT™
Aniket Ingrole (Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering) won first place in the 3MT™ competition.
Fall 2014 3MT™
Kimberly Smith (Neuroscience) won first place in this year 3MT™ competition.