An 80,000 word thesis would take nine hours to present. Your time limit ... Three minutes.
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students. Developed by the University of Queensland, the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation and research communication skills.
Participants are judged on the ability to effectively convey the essence and importance of their research in an engaging way to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes, with one PowerPoint slide. A panel of judges will determine the first, second and third place prize winners.
3MT competitions are held in over 600 universities across more than 65 countries worldwide.
Doctoral students currently enrolled at the University at Buffalo and actively engaged in dissertation research who have completed their Application to Candidacy are eligible to participate.
A competitive candidate should have a well-conceived dissertation project, compelling data collected and a novel story to share. Work presented must have been conducted at the University at Buffalo for the student’s current degree program. Participants must be available to present, in person, at the 3MT competition. All presentations will be videotaped and will appear on the Graduate School's website.
Eligible doctoral students may enter the 3MT competition by participating in a 3MT Preliminary Competition in November. Registered participants in the “3MT prelims” will present their three-minute pitch and one static slide to a panel of judges. All participants will benefit by receiving feedback from audience reactors after their pitch. Judging will be based upon the same criteria used in the 3MT finals. Winners of the 3MT prelims will receive additional training and go on to compete for cash awards in the 3MT finals.
The PowerPoint slides must adhere to the following rules:
The title slide should indicate the following:
The presentation slide should be in accordance with the following rules:
Submitted files must adhere to the following naming convention: "Lastname_Firstname.pptx"
In addition to monetary prizes, all applicants will learn how to:
3MT preparation workshops are offered each fall to help all graduate students learn how to communicate research to a non-specialist audience. Workshops are open to all graduate students and are a helpful resource for those PhD students preparing to enter the 3MT competition.
There are currently no workshops scheduled.
Practice your presentation
Video recording studios are available by reservation and free of charge in UB’s Silverman Library in Capen Hall. Watch yourself, assess your performance and share with others to get their feedback and improve your presentation.