Three Minute Thesis

The Division of Graduate Studies will be hosting the fifth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition at Kent State University
in October 2019.

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.

The 2019 3MT Preliminary Rounds will be held on Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18. The 3MT Finals will be held on Friday, October 25 in the Kiva. Registration to present at 3MT will be open from September 18-October 9. Top presenters from each preliminary round are selected to compete in the 3MT Finals for prizes of up to $500.


2018 3MT Award Winners

  • First Place: Adam Kulp, Doctoral Student in Biomedical Sciences
  • Second Place: Alexandra Niemczura, Doctoral Student in Biomedical Sciences
  • Third Place: Benjamin Allison, Master's Student in History
  • People's Choice: Mirjeta Pasha, Doctoral Student in Applied Mathematics

2019 Prize Amounts

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

View the Complete Rules and Judging Criteria