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CASH PRIZE TO 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place WINNERS!

The Office of Campus Master Planning and Sustainability, The Agricultural and Biological Engineering Graduate Student Association, and Ecological Sciences and Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Program are excited to be hosting an Ideas Festival incorporating the 150th theme: Sustainable Economy & Planet. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) on Monday, March 25, 2019 beginning at 3:00PM and ending at 5:00PM.

Find more information and register for the 3MT competition here


We also encourage you to consider participating in the Graduate School’s 3MT!


  • 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 and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • A single, static PowerPoint™ slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • Before submitting your work for this competition, please consult your academic advisor.
  • No additional media (e.g. sound or video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments,laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. 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 either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Additional recommendations to boost your chances of winning are included here


To complete registration, you must complete the 3MT Registration form. 

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?


There will be cash prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place presenters. 


  • Monday, March 18, 2019 - Deadline for submission (Date subject to change.)
  • Monday, March 25, 2019 - 3MT Competition from 3-5 PM

Information Release

By submitting a poster/presentation, the applicant authorizes the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Graduate Student Association and 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 us at ese@purdue.edu

Note:  Students who compete in this competition are still eligible the compete in The Graduate School’s  3MT competition on April 16, 2019.

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