Three Minute Thesis | Graduate Studies | Kent State University

Three Minute Thesis

The Division of Graduate Studies will be hosting the fourth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition at Kent State University
in October 2018.

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.

2018 Three Minute Thesis Schedule

Preliminary rounds will be hosted on Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19 at 12pm in 310AB Kent Student Center.

The top presenters from each preliminary round will advance to present at the Three Minute Thesis Finals on Friday, October 26 at 1pm in the Kiva.

Registration to present at 2018 Three Minute Thesis competition will be open from until Wednesday, October 10 at 11:59pm.

Review the 2018 GPAD workshop about preparing your 3MT presentation or review videos from previous award winners at the 3MT to help you prepare.

2017 3MT Award Winners

  • First Place: Mona Matar, Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics
  • Second Place: Patrick Ulrich, M.F.A. in Theatre Studies
  • Third Place: David Ede, Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences (Clinical Psychology)
  • People's Choice: William Kelvin, Ph.D. in Communication and Information

View the Complete Rules and Judging Criteria