Competitions Overview

Purdue holds two unique annual competitions for its graduate students and other qualifying University members, including the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition and the Say It In 6® competition. Both come with cash prizes.

Three Minute Thesis®

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition aimed at developing academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Graduate students will have three minutes to present a compelling presentation on a chosen research topic, its significance and its relevance to the general public. Currently enrolled graduate students in all disciplines at Purdue are eligible to participate.

Three Minute Thesis® 2019 winning entry by Megan LaFollette

Say It In 6®

Say It In 6® is a competition that challenges you to tell a story about your graduate experience — in a clear, concise and, most importantly, creative way — by using only six words and a visual aid. The competition is open to all graduate and professional students, nondegree students, and postdoctoral fellows at Purdue.