Three Minute Thesis

The eighth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at Kent State University will be held in person this year!

3MT was developed at The University of Queensland and is now offered at hundreds universities across the world. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills, as well as supports the development of graduate students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to an intelligent, but non-specialist audience. 3MT is not an exercise in trivializing or 'dumbing-down' research but forces competitors to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries. 

The trademarked name of this event is Three Minute Thesis, but students are able to present research they are conducting for a thesis, dissertation, terminal project, or any other research project in which they are engaged. Students may present on research that is in progress. All currently enrolled graduate students are eligible to participate and compete for cash prizes. Students are given just three minutes and one PowerPoint slide that they can use to discuss their research in an engaging and concise manner. 3MT is great way to fine tune your research presentation skills, not to mention, you will be competing for cash prizes!

The Three Minute Thesis will feature two preliminary rounds:

  • Thursday, October 20 at 12 p.m. in the Kent Student Center, Room 310
  • Friday, October 21 at 12 p.m. in the Kent Student Center, Room 310

View the Fall 2022 Preliminary Round Presentation Schedule.

View the Fall 2022 Final Round Presentation Schedule.

The top presenters from each preliminary round will advance to the 3MT Finals on Friday, October 28 at 12 p.m. in the Kiva. During the finals, a panel of judges will award prizes to the top three presenters. Audience members will be able to vote for the People's Choice Award. 

Registration is now closed!

You can prepare for the 3MT competition by:


  • First Place: $500
  • Second Place: $300
  • Third Place: $200
  • People's Choice: $200