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 College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences competition will be held on Friday, 22 February 2018 at 11:00 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
Participate in our college competition

Please notify your department Graduate Program Manager if you are interested in participating.  You will be notified at a later date if you will be representing your department at the college competition.

University 3MT competition

The winner of our college 3MT competition will represent our college at the University 3MT competition on Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 11 AM – 12 PM in the Varsity Theatre. At the University 3MT competition, the competitor who wins first will receive $5,000, second place will receive $2,500, third place will receive $1,500, and the People’s choice will win $1,000.