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2017 Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

Can you present your research in 3 minutes? 

Undergraduate, Master’s, and Ph.D. research students are invited to take part in the 3MT competition on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. The subject of your presentation does NOT have to be directly related to the ESE Symposium theme.


The presentation rules will be based on the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition developed by the University of Queensland.

- Presentations are limited to 3 minutes, starting with the presenter's initiation of movement or speech.
- A single, static PowerPoint™ slide is permitted (no animations).
- Before submitting your work for this competition, please consult your academic advisor.
- No additional media (e.g. sound or video files) or props (e.g. costumes, laboratory equipment) are allowed.

Additional recommendations to boost your chances of winning are included here


To complete registration, you must submit one PowerPoint slide to ese3mt@gmail.com and complete the 3MT Registration within the Symposium Registration. The slide that you send does not have to be the final version that you will present during the ESE Symposium if you are selected as one of the finalists.

3MT Registration Deadline: September 18, 2017

3MT Registration is available HERE.


Faculty, visiting professionals, and staff will serve as judges. Each of the following criteria has equal weight:

- Communication style: was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience? 
- Comprehension: did the presentation help the audience understand the research? 
- Engagement: did the oration make the audience want to know more?


Awards are provided by the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs. The People's Choice Award will go to the person receiving the most votes who is not selected as Winner or Runner-up. 

- Winner: $500
- Runner-up: $250
- People's Choice Award: $250 


  • Monday, September 18, 11:59 PM - Registration for 3 Minute Thesis closes.
  • Thursday, September 21 - The top 10 applicants will be announced after pre-judging, which may include live presentaitons.
  • Friday, September 22 - Competitors must send their finalized slide (.pptx format) to ese3mt@gmail.com
  • Tuesday, September 26 - Presentations of the Finalist.

Information Release

By submitting a poster/presentation, the applicant authorizes the Ecological Sciences and Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Program to share all information related to the poster/presentation (or subsequent award), including a photo, on the internet, in press releases, and in relevant program literature.

Questions? Contact the ESE 3MT Committee - ese3mt@gmail.com.

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