3-Minute Thesis (3MT®)

The 3-Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition that challenges students to communicate the significance of their projects without the use of props or industry jargon, in just three minutes. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to quickly explain their research in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience leaving them wanting to know more.

3MT® competitions began at the University of Queensland in 2008, and have grown to include 600 universities across 60 countries.

The Graduate School sponsors the university-wide competition, featuring finalists from collegiate- and campus-level competitions.

University-wide competion

The Graduate School will sponsor the University of Minnesota's 3-Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition on Friday, November 9, 2018 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Cowles Auditorium at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Collegiate- and campus-level competitions

College of Education and Human Development:

  • Round 1: Monday, February 26, 2018 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Education Sciences Building, Room 325
  • Round 2: Thursday, March 1, 2018 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. | Education Sciences Building, Room 325
  • Final Round: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 | 10 - 11 a.m. | McNamara Alumni Center - Johnson Room

College of Science and Engineering

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Medical School 

  • Round 1: Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 3:30 - 5 p.m. | Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building, Room 1-125
  • Round 2: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 3:30 - 5 p.m. | Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building, Room 1-125

St. Paul Campus

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College of Pharmacy

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Previous winners