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Three Minute Thesis Competition

3MT, meaning “Three Minute Thesis,” is an annual event that challenges students working on a graduate degree to present their thesis in just three minutes. To make matters more interesting, the students must explain it using language that a non-specialist audience will understand.

The judges critique participants on how well they: 1) explain their research; 2) spark the audience’s desire to know more; and 3) communicate in language “appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.”

Each college on campus holds a preliminary competition, and one student from each college advances to the university-wide final round. The CPMS competition will be held on Thursday, 22 February 2018 at 11:30 am in the Hinckley Center 3rd Floor Assembly Hall.

Additionally, there will be cash prizes available to all winners of this CPMS 3MT competition.

  • 1st place — $1,000
  • 2nd place — $750
  • 3rd place — $500
  • Honorable Mentions — $50

Applications for this competition are now closed. Please join us on February 22nd to support these graduate students who will be competing.