Three Minute Thesis - 3MT

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students. 

Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation and research communication skills. The competition 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 Research Higher Degree students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew.

2023 Winners

Atreya Dey headshot

1st Place

Atreya Dey
College of Natural Sciences

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Ana Guadalupe Vielma
Human Development, Culture, and Learning Sciences
College of Education

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People's Choice

Vineet Kulkarni
Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Pharmacy


Currently enrolled master's and doctoral students in all disciplines at the University of Texas at Austin will be eligible to participate in 3MT™. Work presented must have been conducted at the University of Texas at Austin. Students should be in the final stages of graduate school so they have some sound conclusions and impacts from their research. Graduates are not eligible.

Competition Details

Heat 1: Tuesday, November 8, 2022 | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. | In-person - FAC 2.236 Classroom AB

Heat 2: Wednesday, November 9, 2022 | 2 - 4 p.m. | In-person - FAC 2.236 Classroom C

Final: Friday, November 11, 2022 | 10:30 a.m. | In-person - FAC 2.236 Classroom ABC 

Competition Rules

A single static slide is permitted in the presentation.

No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.

No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.

No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.

Presentations are limited to 3 minutes and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.

Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).

Presentations are to commence from the stage.

Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.

The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Judging Criteria

At every level of the competition, each competitor will be assessed on the judging criteria listed below. Each criterion is equally weighted and has an emphasis on the audience.

Comprehension and Content:

Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance to the research question being addressed?

Did the presenter explain terminology and avoid jargon?

Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?

Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?

Was the topic, research significance, impact and outcomes communicated in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?

Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation?

Did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

Engagement and Communication:

Did the oration make the audience want to know more?

Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?

Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?

Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?

Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain confidence and a steady pace?

Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?

Past Competitions