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 900 universities across more than 85 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. UB 3MT Finalists who competed in previous years are not eligible.
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.
All prizes for the fourth annul 3MT competition are sponsored by UB's Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships.
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 preparation workshops scheduled.
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.