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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students. Developed by The University of Queensland in Australia, the competition cultivates students' academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Furthermore, it supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. The first 3MT® competition was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 Higher Degree by Research candidates competing. In 2009 and 2010, the 3MT® competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities, and enthusiasm grew for the concept. Since 2011, the popularity of the competition has increased, and now 3MT® competitions are held at over 900 universities across more than 85 countries worldwide.


Currently enrolled master's and doctoral students in all disciplines at Midwestern State University are eligible to participate in 3MT®. Research presented must have been conducted at Midwestern State University. Students may present their thesis, dissertation, or graduate-level research project.


The call for abstracts has closed. Graduate students submit abstracts via electronic form. More information can be found by visiting the Celebration of Scholarship website.

  1. A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations, or movements of any kind are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  2. No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  3. No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  4. Presentations are limited to three (3) minutes maximum; competitors who exceed three minutes are disqualified.
  5. Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps, or songs).
  6. Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  7. Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  8. The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Judging Criteria

Each competitor will be assessed on the judging criteria listed below. Each criterion is weighed equally and has an emphasis on audience.

Comprehension and Content
• The presentation provided clear background and significance to the research question.
• The presentation clearly described the research strategy/design and the results/findings of the research.
• The presentation clearly described the conclusions, outcomes, and impact of the research.

Engagement and Communication
• The oration was delivered clearly, and the language was appropriate for a non-specialist audience.
• The PowerPoint slide was well-defined and enhanced the presentation.
• The presenter conveyed enthusiasm for their research and captured and maintained the audience's attention.


The University of Queensland 3MT® Website
3MT® Competitor Guide
3MT® Videos

If you have questions, please contact Emma Brown, Graduate Academic Counselor, at or (940) 397-4666.