Three Minute Thesis

Nisreen Yamany, a doctoral student in English, won first place for her presentation at Kent State's Three Minute Thesis competition.
Nisreen Yamany, a doctoral student in English, takes first place at Kent State's 2019 Three Minute Thesis competition.

The sixth annual Three Minute Thesis 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. More details on how to submit a presentation will be available during the Fall semester, but we plan to accept video submissions from September 23-October 14. There also will be a workshop as part of the GPAD workshop series in September for students to learn more about the competition and receive advice on how to prepare their presentation. 

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 and 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 they are engaged in. 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.

View all award-winning presentations here

View the Complete Rules and Judging Criteria


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