3 Minute Thesis Competition

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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. 

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!

Click here for the Rules and Eligibility for the competition. 

 

3 MT Final Competition
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
MSC 2405
3MT Zoom Informational Monday, October 7th 9am-10am Zoom Software
Working Session #1 Getting Started- Creating Your 3MT Outline
Click here to register
Tuesday, October 8th 11am-12pm MSC 1400
Working Session #1 Getting Started- Creating Your 3MT Outline
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Wednesday, October 9th 3pm-4pm VENI 311 (West Campus)
Working Session #2 Making the Most of Your Visual
Click here to register
Wednesday, October 17th 12pm-1pm Evans 612
CTE-ELP Optional Pre-Session: English Pronunciation Tips
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Tuesday, October 22nd 3pm-3:50pm Evans 612
Working Session #3 Fine Tuning Your Oral Presentation Skills
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Tuesday, October 22nd 4pm-5pm Evans 612  
Practice Sessions Led by UWC and CTE-ELP
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Thursday, October 24th 3pm-6pm Evans 612
Practice Sessions Led by UWC and CTE-ELP
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Friday, October 25th 8am-11am Evans 612
3MT Preliminary Competition
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*NOTE: You will receive a confirmation email. If you need to
reschedule or cancel, use the link at the bottom of the email.
Wednesday, October 30th 9:00am-3:00pm MSC 2500
3MT Preliminary Competition
Click here to register

*NOTE: You will receive a confirmation email. If you need to
reschedule or cancel, use the link at the bottom of the email.
Thursday, October 31st 9:00am-3:00pm MSC 2500
Required Development Session for Finalists Wednesday, November 6th 4pm-7pm Evans 612
3MT Final Competition 
Register to attend here
(Final Competition participants will be invited)
Tuesday, November 12th 5:30pm-8:30pm Rudder Forum and Exhibit Hall

 

Earning Credit for G.R.A.D. Aggies Professional Development Certificate

Participates who attend one informational session, one working session AND compete in the 3MT Preliminary Competition are eligible to earn 1 PDU towards a G.R.A.D. Aggies Professional Development Certificate upon completing the event reflections for the working session and preliminary competition. 
After the first PDU, additional PDUs may be earned for additional Working Sessions or the Optional Pre-Session upon completing reflection(s) (1 PDU for each additional session).

Meeting the G.R.A.D. Aggies Requirement for the Research and Presentation Travel Award

To use the 3MT Development Series to meet the G.R.A.D. Aggies requirement for the Research and Presentation Travel Award, students must do ALL of the following:

  1. Attend one informational session,
  2. Attend one working session,
  3. Compete in the 3MT Preliminary Competition AND
  4. Complete the event reflections in eCampus for the working session and preliminary competition.

 
This will earn 1 PDU towards a G.R.A.D. Aggies Professional Development Certificate.
 
Please visit tx.ag/RAPTravelAward for additional information on meeting this requirement.


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.