Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Third Annual 3-Minute Thesis Competition

An 80,000-word Ph.D. thesis would take 9 hours to present. Their time limit: 3 minutes.

An 80,000 word Ph.D. thesis would take nine hours to present. Their time limit... 3 minutes.

Join us for the Third Annual University-wide 3MT® Competition, sponsored by the Graduate School and featuring finalists from collegiate competitions. 

The Graduate School at the University of Minnesota is proud to be one of more than 200 institutions across 18 countries hosting a 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition this year. Originally established by the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008, the competition challenges research students to communicate the significance of their projects to a general audience in just three minutes, with the aid of a single, static slide.

The student selected as the winner will represent the University of Minnesota at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3-Minute Thesis competition. In addition, participants will be invited to present their research at an upcoming Board of Regents meeting.

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November 9, 2018


Presentations: 10-11 a.m. | Reception & Winner Announced: 11-11:30 a.m. 


Cowles Auditorium | 301 19th Avenue South | MinneapolisMN 55455


  • To be announced

Don’t miss this fast-paced and entertaining event! Light refreshments will be provided.

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David Gillette
Special Correspondent and Creator of Illustrated Essays, Twin Cities PBS

Nasibu Sareva
Executive Director, African Development Center of Minnesota

Kablia Thao
Director of National Engagement, U of MN Alumni Association
Chuck Tombarge
Chief Public Relations Officer, U of MN University Relations

Sandra Vargas
Senior Executive Leadership Fellow, U of MN Humphrey School of Public Affairs

About the Event

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.