3 Minute Thesis Competition


Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ). Graduate students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. 3MT is not an exercise in trivializing or “dumbing down” research, but rather challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries to present concisely to a non-specialist audience. Check out this article in The Scientist Magazine to learn more about the development of the 3MT competition and its adaption in the United States.

3MT at Texas A&M University

At Texas A&M, participation in the 3MT competition provides a valuable high-impact learning experience for graduate students and is part of the G.R.A.D. Aggies professional development program. An important aspect of the Texas A&M 3MT is strengthening graduate students’ research communication skills. Therefore, OGAPS hosts several working sessions to give students opportunities to learn about effective communication. A preliminary competition is held to determine who will advance as finalists in the Texas A&M 3MT. To further boost student development, judges in the preliminary round provide immediate feedback to students regarding their presentation and communication skills. Once students are selected to advance to the final competition, they will participate in another working session to further fine tune their communication skills. The winner of the Texas A&M 3MT Final Competition advances to the regional competition held each spring at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Annual Meeting. 

Students may elect to receive credit towards the G.R.A.D. Aggies Professional Development Certificate for participating in the 3MT Competition. Students who participate in the Preliminary Competition will receive 2 Professional Development Units (PDUs) towards their certificate and an additional 1 PDU for attending a working session prior to competing in the Preliminary Competition. Students may earn one PDU for each event attended and stayed for. Event details are listed below and the PDU credits gained for each. Students who advance to the Texas A&M 3MT Final Competition will receive 2 additional PDU for participation in the finals. Click the event to find out more information or register for the event. 

Mark your calendars for the 2019-2020 3MT Final Competition!

Come and support your fellow Aggies, vote for your favorite competitor so they can win $$$ (click here to view  last year's finalists), earn credit towards the G.R.A.D. Aggies Certificate, and win prizes!


3 MT Final Event and Reception

Tuesday November 12th from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Rudder Forum and Exhibit Hall
More Information Coming Soon! 



2019-2020 Competition

The Informationals, Working Sessions, and Practice Sessions are optional and not required for participation in the Preliminary Competition.
Click the event name below for details including registration.

Title Date Time Location
3MT Informational Wednesay, October 2nd 11am-12pm VENI 311 (West Campus)
3MT Informational Thursday, October 3rd 3pm-4pm MSC 1400
Working Session #1 Getting Started- Creating Your 3MT Outline Tuesday, October 8th 11pm-12pm MSC 1400
Working Session #1 Getting Started- Creating Your 3MT Outline Wednesday, October 9th 3pm-4pm VENI 311 (West Campus)
Working Session #2 Making the Most of Your Visual Wednesday, October 16th 5pm-6pm Evans 612
CTE-ELP Optional Pre-Session: English Pronunciation Tips Tuesday, October 22nd 3pm-3:50pm Evans 612
Working Session #3 Fine Tuning Your Oral Presentation Skills Tuesday, October 22nd 4pm-5pm Evans 612  
Practice Sessions Led by UWC and CTE-ELP Thursday, October 24th 3pm-6:45pm Evans 612
Practice Sessions Led by UWC and CTE-ELP Friday, October 25th 8am-10am Evans 612
3MT Preliminary Competition Wednesday, October 30th 9:15am-3:45pm MSC 2500, 2501, and 2502
3MT Preliminary Competition Thursday, October 31st 9:15am-3:45pm MSC 2500, 2501, and 2502
Required Development Session for Finalists Wednesday, November 6th 5pm-7pm Evans 612
3MT Final Competition  Tuesday, November 12th 5:30pm-8:30pm Rudder Forum and Exhibit Hall


Click here for the Rules and Eligibility for the competition. 

Past 3MT Competitions at Texas A&M University

2018-19 - Click here to see the videos of the 2018-2019 3 Minute Thesis Competition finalists. 
2017-18 - Click here to see the videos of the 2017-2018 3 Minute Thesis Competition finalists. 
2016-17 - Click here to see the videos of the 2016-2017 3 Minute Thesis Competition finalists.
2015-16 - Click here to view more information about the 2015-2016 3 Minute Thesis Competition finalists.
2014 - Click here to view more information about the 2014 3 Minute Thesis Competition, including videos of the finalists.
‚Äč2013 - Click here to view details about the first inagural 3MT Competition at Texas A&M in 2013.