3MT at Emory

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia for research students.

3MT Competition

Information Session

  • Wednesday, March 2
  • 4pm, Room 206 (Administration Bldg)

Deadline to Sign Up

  • Monday, March 14

Abstract Competition Due Date

  • Monday, March 28

First Round Presentation Competition

  • Thursday, March 31
  • 3pm, location to be announced

Final Round Presentation Competition

  • Wednesday, April 6
  • 3:30pm, Boynton Auditorium (Goizueta Business School)
Sign Up to Compete!

What is 3MT?

The exercise challenges research higher degree (PhD) students to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. 3MT® develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. 3MT® is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research but forces students to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries.

3MT at Emory

Students can compete in one of two ways: Presentation or Abstract. Both competitions are judged by a panel comprised of a diverse group of professionals (academic and non-academic) with a wide range of professional expertise. 

How It Works

Presentation Rules

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description, 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 maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (eg. 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 movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Abstract Rules

  • A single page is permitted. At the top students should list their name, program, and title of thesis or dissertation.
  • The abstract may not exceed one page.
  • The abstract is limited to 350 words (not counting the title).
  • May be single spaced.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

3MT Prizes

Presentation Competition:
  • Winner - $750
  • Runner-up - $500
  • People's Choice Award - $250
Abstract Competition:
  • Winner - $500
  • Honorable mentions - amounts vary

Laney Contact

Sarah Peterson