Registration for the Graduate School’s Annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition is Open

Student posing on stage by the 3MT logo with a first prize check 3MT 2022 First Place Winner, Christopher Detranaltes, from the College of Agriculture

The Graduate School is seeking competitors for its annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition. West Lafayette faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to nominate talented graduate students to represent their academic units in this exciting competition. Nominations are not required for students to participate; they are simply intended to help the Graduate School identify and encourage talented students to apply. All currently enrolled graduate students from West Lafayette, regardless of nomination are eligible to apply for 3MT®.

What is 3MT?

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition that helps graduate students develop academic, presentation, and research communication skills so that they can effectively explain their research to a non-specialist audience. During each competition, graduate students will have three minutes to present a compelling discussion on their research topic, including its significance and relevance to the general public. This is a fast-paced competition where the top 10 finalists compete by summarizing their two to three-plus years of research in only three minutes with only one slide. 

Why Participate?

There are three cash awards for this competition, including $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, and $2,000 for the People’s Choice Award winner. The first-place winner will also be invited to compete in the Midwestern Association of Graduate School’s annual 3MT® competition. 

3MT Competition Timeline:

  • Friday, February 10th: Draft Video Submission Deadline
  • Friday, February 17th: Semifinalists Announced
  • Friday, February 24th: Semifinals 
  • Monday, February 27th: Competition Finalists Announced
  • Tuesday, April 11th: Competition Date 

Students interested in participating should submit their information before the February 10th deadline. To learn more about this unique challenge, submit a nomination, or register for the competition, visit Graduate School’s Three Minute Thesis webpage.

Source: Alli Loy,

December 07, 2022

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