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, 21 February 2020 at 11:00 am in 5519 WSC. 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
Apply to participate in our college competition

To participate in the competition you must fill out the following application by your department deadline (see below): You will be notified at a later date if you will be representing your department at the college competition.

Application Deadlines

  • Chemistry & Biochemistry Department:  TBD
  • Computer Science: TBD
  • Geological Sciences: TBD
  • Mathematics: TBD
  • Mathematics Education: TBD
  • Physics & Astronomy:  January 17
  • Statistics:  TBD

University 3MT competition

The winner of our college 3MT competition will represent our college at the University 3MT competition on Thursday, March 12, 2020. 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.