Three Minute Thesis

Contestant from 2019 Three Minute Thesis Competition

The sixth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at Kent State University will be held virtually and students will be able to record their three-minute thesis presentation as a video to be reviewed by a group of judges who will award prizes for our 2020 competition. Graduate students can submit a recording of their 3MT presentation between September 23 and October 14.

3MT was developed at The University of Queensland and is now offered at over 170 universities. 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.

Prepare for the 3MT competition by

Three Minute Thesis Workshop

View the Complete Rules and Judging Criteria


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

Register to present your 3MT virtually in the 2020 competition at Kent State University.