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 2018-2019 3MT Final Competition!

Come and support your fellow Aggies, vote for your favorite competitor so they can win $$$ (click here to view finalists), earn credit towards the G.R.A.D. Aggies Certificate, and win prizes for yourself such as an Apple TV!


3 MT Final Event and Reception

Nov. 15 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Rudder Forum and Exhibit Hall
Save your seat today! 


2018-2019 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.

Date Event Time Event G.R.A.D. Aggies PDU Value
Oct. 4 3:00 PM 3MT Informational (MSC 1400) 1 PDU
Oct. 5 11:00 AM 3MT Informational (VENI 311 West Campus) 1 PDU
Oct. 9 11:00 AM Working Session #1 Getting Started – Creating Your 3MT Outline (MSC 1400)
Presentation Materials
Oct. 10 3:00 PM Working Session #1 Getting Started – Creating Your 3MT Outline (VENI 311 West Campus)
Presentaion Materials
Oct. 17 5:00 PM Working Session #2 Making the Most of Your Visual (Evans Library 612)
Presentation Materials and Recording
Oct. 23 3:00 PM
4:00 PM
Pre-Session: English Pronunciation Tips led by CTE-ELP (Evans Lib. 612)
Working Session #3 Fine Tuning Your Oral Presentation Skills led by UWC (Evans Lib. 612)
Oct. 26   Deadline to Register for 3MT Preliminary Competition   
Oct. 26 & 29   Practice Sessions led by CTE-ELP & UWC 1 PDU
Oct. 31-Nov. 1    3MT Preliminary Competition 2 PDU
Nov. 15 6:00 PM 3MT Final Competition 2 PDU
Feb. 14-16, 2019    Regional 3MT Competition in Knoxville, Tennessee 2 PDU


Click here for the Rules and Eligibility for the competition. 

Past 3MT Competitions at Texas A&M University

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