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3MT Competition

2018 Three-Minute Thesis (3MT)

Competition Guidelines

About the 3-Minute Thesis Competition

The 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia, for graduate research students. This competition challenges graduate students to present their research topic and its significance in three minutes and using just one slide. The 3MT competition develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills, as well as supports the development of graduate students' capacity to succinctly communicate their research to a non-specialist audience.

For more information about the 3MT international organization and competition, please visit

Why Enter the 3MT Competition?

The competition challenges doctoral students to present their research and share its significance to their professional field in just three minutes. Each presentation should address the following questions:

Through this competition, doctoral students will gain valuable experience in discussing and communicating effectively to a wide variety of audiences, both academic and non-academic.

Students’ ability to present and communicate their academic research in a concise way to a non-specialist is a crucial skill to have. Having such skills "in their back pockets" may help them with job interviews, networking at conferences, presenting research to venture capitalists, or grant funding agencies. Additionally, entering the 3MT competition may enhance their online reputation, and CV or resume.

Eligibility Requirements and Special Considerations

Eligibility requirements:

 All final presentations will be open to the public and published online.

The 3MT Grand Finale event on Thursday, April 5, 2018, will be photographed and videotaped. By entering the contest, students must agree to allow the WVU Office of Graduate Education and Life to use the resulting photographs and/or video in publicity surrounding the contest and/or in other contexts, such as websites, promotional materials, etc.

Competition Procedures

3MT Grand Finale Competition Rules

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 and throughout the presentation.

The decision of the judge’s panel is final.

How to Enter the WVU 3MT 2018 Competition

In order to enter the 3MT competition, you must complete an online competition entry form by 11:59 PM on Sunday, February 18, 2017. Note that all submissions require strict adherence to the 3MT rules, and the online application requires you to upload a single PowerPoint slide and video of your 3-minute presentation. To submit a video, complete the online application form.

Video Submission:

Judging Criteria

Judges will rate each presentation in the following categories:



3MT Deadlines and Notifications



Deadline Date

Additional Information

Round 1 submissions

Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 11:59 PM

Contestants must be available on April 5, 2018 for the Grand Finale to submit a video. An optional information session is scheduled for January 26. Sign up if you are interesting in learning more about the competition.

Finalists selection notifications

Thursday, March 8, 2018


Finalists must submit final PPT presentation slide

Monday, April 2, 2018, by noon

3MT Live Finale

Thursday, April 5, 2018, at 6:00 PM

 Mountainlair Ballroom (Downtown Campus)


Grand Finale Prizes

Prizes are awarded to students as a “cash prize.” Note that all prizes will be disbursed in check form without any obligation for future work or service. The IRS may consider these prizes “taxable income.”

Questions about the WVU 3MT Competition

Please view these helpful websites about the 3MT process that may answer your questions:

 2018 Finalist Page

If you have any other questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Education and Life at