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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. 
To watch a short informational video on the TAMU 3MT Competition, click here

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.


Why Participate in 3MT?

Watch Amin Davoodi's 3MT-winning presentation.


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

12 pm - 1pm CT

Private Session

3MT Development Session:
Developing Your Research Elevator Pitch

College of Agriculture

Friday September 24th

2pm-4pm CT

Private Session

3MT Development Session:
Developing Your Research Elevator Pitch

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Tuesday, September 28th

4pm - 5pm CT

VENI 101A

3MT Development Session:
Developing Your Research Elevator Pitch

Department of English

Monday, October 4th

11am - 12pm CT

Private Session

3MT Development Session:
Developing Your Research Elevator Pitch

Click here to register to attend in person
Click here to register to attend virtually

Tuesday, October 5th

12pm - 1pm CT

Nagle Classroom
(RM 113) & Zoom

3MT Development Session: 
Developing Your Research Elevator Pitch

Department of Computer Science & Engineering

Wednesday, October 6th

4:10pm - 5:25pm CT

Private Session

3MT Development Session:
Developing Your Research Elevator Pitch 

Click here to register to attend in person
Click here to register to attend virtually

Tuesday, October 12th

4pm - 5pm CT

Nagle Classroom (RM 113) & Zoom

3MT Development Session:
Developing Your Research Elevator Pitch

Click here to register to attend in person
Click here to register to attend virtually

Wednesday, October 13th

11am - 12pm CT

Nagle Classroom (RM 113) & Zoom

3MT Development Session:
Center for Teaching Excellence -
English Language Proficiency Program Presents -
English Pronunciation Tips


Click here to register to attend virtually

Wednesday, October 13th

12pm - 1pm CT

Zoom

3MT Development Session:
University Writing Center presents -
Fine Tuning Your Oral Presentation Skills

Click here to register to attend virtually‚Äč

Tuesday, October 19th

1pm - 2pm CT

Zoom

3MT Individual Feedback Session Sign Up
Click here to register to attend virtually

Wednesday, October 13th

9am CT

 

3MT Preliminary Competition Sign Up OPENS
Click here to register to compete in person

Wednesday, October 13th

1pm CT

 

3MT Individual Feedback Sessions*
(sign up for one 15 min timeslot)
Click here to register to attend virtually

Wednesday, October 20th

8:30am - 10:30am CT

Nagle Hall (RM 112) or Zoom

3MT Development Session:
Developing Your Research Elevator Pitch

Click here to register to attend in person
Click here to register to attend virtually

Wednesday, October 20th

11am - 12pm CT

Nagle Classroom (RM113) & Zoom

3MT Drop In Feedback

Wednesday, October 20th

12pm - 2pm CT

Nagle Classroom (RM 113)

3MT Individual Feedback Sessions*
(Sign  up for one 15 min timeslot) 
Click here to register to attend virtually

Thursday, October 21st

11am - 1pm CT

Zoom

3MT Drop In Feedback

Friday, October 22nd

8am - 10am CT

Nagle Classroom (RM 113)

3MT Individual Feedback Sessions*
(Sign up for one 15 min timeslot)
Click here to register to attend virtually

Friday, October 22nd

11am - 2pm CT

Zoom

3MT Preliminary Competition
(Sign up for one 30 min timeslot;
presentation timeslot is 15 min)

Wednesday, October 27th and
Thursday, October 28th

9am - 4pm CT

Memorial Student Center 2500

Finalist Feedback Session
(Required; 20 min timeslots)

Monday, November 8th or
Thursday, November 11th

3pm - 6pm CT

Nagle Hall (RM 112) or Zoom

3MT Final Competition
Registration link coming soon

Thursday, November 18th

6pm - 8pm CT

Rudder Forum & Exhibit Hall

3MT Winner Development Session

TBD - Week of January 24th

TBD

Nagle Classroom (RM 112) or Zoom

Regional Competition at the Conference for Southern Graduate Schools

Thursday, February 17th - Saturday, February 19th

 

Raleigh, NC

*Additional Feedback Session slots will be added if there is interest. Please email grad-aggies@tamu.edu if you are unable to sign up for a timeslot.
Interested in hosting a development session for your graduate student organization, department, or college?
Please email grad-aggies@tamu.edu and we'll be happy to get it scheduled.

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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