3 Minute Thesis

November 6th

Preliminary Rounds: MUB Ballroom
12 – 4 PM

Final Round: Continental Fire Company
6 – 8 PM

Registration Closes
10/23/19
1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $150
People’s Choice: $100

What is the 3MT?

The 3MT is an important international competition that aims at celebrating research conducted by doctoral and masters students. According to the University of Queensland, founder of the event, the 3MT “cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills”.

Participants have three minutes and a single static slide to effectively explain their research in a language that is appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

2018 Winners

1st: Niranjan Miganakallu
2nd: Stephania Vaglica
PC: Niranjan Migankallu


Why participate?

Participating in the 3MT can be a way for you to develop important communication and research skills, and to participate in the building of research culture at Michigan Tech. Cash prizes are also available to the top competitors and the people’s choice. In addition the winners of the local 3MT competition are given a chance to represent Michigan Tech at the next level of competition, and potentially even national and international 3MT competitions, which provides an excellent networking and professional development opportunity.


Competition Info

This years local competition will be held on Wednesday, November 6. Participants will be broken up into heats, and compete head to head. Each heat will be judged by a panel of 3 judges. The winners of these heats will then move on to the finals, where the top 10 will face off. At the end of the finals a winner and runner-up will be selected. There will also be a People’s Choice award for the competitor that was the audience favorite.

The preliminary heats will be held in the Memorial Union Building ballroom between 12:00 – 4:00 PM. You will only need to be present for your heat and not the full time. The number of competitors to move on from each heat will depend on the total number of participants, with an equal number being selected from each heat.

The finals will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on stage at the Continental Fire Co. in downtown Houghton.


Participant Training

GSG provides training for participants on how to create an effective 3MT presentation. This training will cover how to present your research to a non-technical audience, as well as how to properly frame your research narrative. This year GSG is partnering with literary consultant Charli Mills to hold a Professional Development Seminar titled Storytelling for Researchers. This training seminar will be held on Wednesday, October 30th from 3:00 – 5:00 PM.


Important Dates

  • September 24 – Registration Opens
  • October 23 – Registration Closes
  • October 30 – Participant Training
  • November 6 – 3MT

The Three Minute Thesis (3MTĀ®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.