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 adoption 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, the Graduate and Professional School hosts several working or development 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 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. 

2021-2022 3MT Competition Information

The Preliminary 3MT Competition will be through in-person presentations at the Memorial Student Center on Wednesday, October 27th and Thursday, October 28th, 2021  Please see the table below for the Preliminary Competition registration link (opens Wednesday, October 13th, 2021) and links to development session registrations. Participants who advance to the 3MT Final Competition will present live in the Rudder Forum on Thursday, November, 18th from 6-8 pm CT.

Click here for the Rules, Eligibility, and Resources for the competition. 
Questions? Email grad-aggies@tamu.edu .


3MT Live Final Competition

Thursday, November 18th, 2021
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. CT
Rudder Forum & Exhibit Hall STREAMING LIVE VIA ZOOM
Audience registration for both in-person and zoom attendance will open the end of October.

2021-2022 Competition

The Development and Feedback Sessions are optional and not required for participation in the Preliminary Competition. Sessions are open to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, however, since the competition is ONLY open to graduate students, preference will be given to graduate students if session capacities are reached. Click the event registration link for more information and to register.

To request a development session for your college, department or graduate student organization, please email grad-aggies@tamu.edu.

Title Date Time Location

3MT Development Session:
Developing Your Research Elevator Pitch

Department of History

Friday, September 24th


Private Event

3MT Development Session:
Gettering Started
Click here to register

Monday, November 23rd



3MT Feedback Sessions
(15-min timeslots)




3MT Development Session:
English Pronunciation Tips




3MT Development Session:
Fine Tuning Your Oral Presentation Skills




3MT Preliminary Competition

Sign-up for 30 min presentation slot coming soon!

Weds, Oct 27th and Thurs, Oct 28th

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CT

 Memorial Student Center

3MT Finalist Required Feedback Sessions




3MT Final Competition 
(Audience registration link coming in October)

Thurs, November 18th

6pm -8pm CT

Rudder Forum & Livestreamed via Zoom

Earning Credit for G.R.A.D. Aggies Professional Development Certificate

Students who participate in any of the  development session  are eligible to earn 1 PDU towards a G.R.A.D. Aggies Professional Development Certificate upon completing the event reflections for the development session. 

Past 3MT Competitions at Texas A&M University

2020-21 - Click here to see the videos of the 2019-2020 3 Minute Thesis Competition finalists 
2019-20 - Click here to see the videos of the 2019-2020 3 Minute Thesis Competition finalists. 
2018-19 - Click here to see the videos of the 2018-2019 3 Minute Thesis Competition finalists. 

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