Three Minute Thesis Registration

The Three Minute Thesis is a competition that gives graduate students three minutes and one Powerpoint slide as tools to effectively communicate their research to an intelligent, but non-specialist audience. Please review all rules and judging criteria before registering for the Three Minute Thesis.

The Three Minute Thesis will feature preliminary rounds at 12pm on Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18. Approximately 20-25 students will be selected to compete in each preliminary round.

The top presenters from each preliminary round will advance to the finals on Friday, October 25 at 1pm in the KIVA.

Registration Information

Registration is now open through Wednesday, October 9 at 11:59pm.

On the registration form, you will be asked to include the title of your presentation. Please aim to keep your title catchy, informative, concise, and true to your research. An important element of the competition is communicating your research in a concise and engaging manner and that starts with the title. Try to avoid long titles with technical jargon.

You will be asked to select your availability for the preliminary rounds. Please select any dates that you are available. You will receive an email shortly after the October 9 deadline. indicating which preliminary round you will present in.

All participating students need to have a single, static Powerpoint slide (no animations, no transitions) to accompany their presentation. The slide can either be in standard (4:3) or widescreen (16:9) format. When creating your slide remember that the slide is another tool to help you explain and illustrate your research. Try to avoid including too much text on your slide or having a slide that looks too busy, that can distract from rather than enhance your presentation. Think carefully about what is most important to include on your slide to tell the story of your research. Oftentimes the most memorable slides are simple and leave the audience with a clear snapshot of the research. The slide may be uploaded to the form when you register. If your slide is not ready when you first register, you will need to email your slide to Kyle Reynolds at as a pdf file by Wednesday, October 9 at 11:59pm in order to be eligible to participate.