3-Minute Thesis Competition

3MT is a platform which challenges graduate students to talk about their thesis in 180 seconds. It helps students compress their data and focus it on important aspects of their research without much deviation, along with improve their communication and presentation skills

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3-Minute Thesis (3MT)
Date: To Be Announced
Location: To Be Announced
Time: To be Announced


  • Competitors are limited to a single, static PowerPoint slide. No animations of any kind will be allowed.
  • No sounds or other media files
  • No laboratory equipment or models
  • The presentation cannot exceed three minutes. Exceeding the time limit will lead to disqualification.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Judging Criteria

Comprehension and Content

  • Understand the background and significance to the research question being addressed.
  • Explain terminology and avoid jargon.
  • Be clear in describing the impact and/or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes.
  • Your presentation must have a clear and logical sequence.
  • Adequate time must be spent on each element of the presentation. Are you covering your points too quickly? Are you stretching a particular topic?

Engagement and Communication

  • Competitors must demonstrate polished oratory skills.
  • Avoid trivialization and generalization.
  • Express enthusiasm for your work.
  • Hold the audience's attention.
  • Sufficient stage presence, eye contact, and vocal range must be exhibited. Maintain a steady pace and have a confident stance.
  • Your PowerPoint slide must be clear, legible, and concise.