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 adoption 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 or development 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 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. 

2020-2021 3MT Competition Information

The Preliminary 3MT Competition will be through pre-recorded video submissions.  Please see the table below for Preliminary Competition Submission Form link and links to session registrations. Participants who advance to the 3MT Final Competition should be prepared to present their 3MT live.

Click here for the Rules, Eligibility, and Resources for the competition. 

Questions? Email grad-aggies@tamu.edu or attend our weekly Professional Development Open Office Hours (Mondays 9am-10am CT and Tuesdays 2pm-3pm CT). Check here for changes to the schedule.

Interested in competing? Please complete an interest form here to get access to our eCampus page of resources.

  

3MT Final Competition

Evening of Tuesday, November 17th
More Information Coming Soon! 
 


2020-2021 Competition

The Working and Feedback Sessions are optional and not required for participation in the Preliminary Competition. Sessions are open to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, however, since the competition is ONLY open to graduate students, preference will be given to graduate students even session capacities are reached. Click the event registration link for more information and to register.

Title Date Time Location

Working Session
Getting Started - Creating Your 3MT Outline
Click here to register

Wednesday, October 7th

12pm-1pm

Zoom

Working Session
Making the Most of Your Visual
Click here to register

Thursday, October 18th

5pm-6pm

Zoom

Working Session
Center for Teaching Excellence's
English Language Proficiency Program presents:
English Pronunciation Tips
Click here to register

Tuesday, October 13th

12pm-1pm

Zoom

Working Session
University Writing Center presents:
Fine Tuning Your Oral Presentation Skills
Click here to register

Tuesday, October 13th

1pm-2pm

Zoom 

Feedback Sessions Led by UWC and CTE-ELP
Click here to register

Thursday, October 15th

11am-2pm

Zoom

Feedback Sessions Led by UWC and CTE-ELP
Click here to register

Friday, October 16th

1pm-3pm

Zoom

3MT Preliminary Competition
Video Submission Deadline
3MT PRELIMINARY COMPETITION
SUBMISSION FORM

See video submission tips here

Monday, October 26th

5:00pm CT

Zoom

Required Development Session for Finalists

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3MT Final Competition 

Tuesday, November 17th

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

Students who participate in one working session AND submit a video entry to 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 (1 PDU for each additional session).

Past 3MT Competitions at Texas A&M University

2019-20 - Click here to see the videos of the 2019-2020 3 Minute Thesis Competition finalists. 
2018-19 - Click here to see the videos of the 2018-2019 3 Minute Thesis Competition finalists. 

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