3MT Three Minute Thesis Competition 2019


What is the 3MT® Three Minute Thesis?

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by Doctoral students around the world. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Presenting in a 3MT® competition increases your capacity to effectively explain your research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to an intelligent non-specialist audience.

Why Take Part in 3MT?

  1. Do you want to develop your communication and presentation skills?
  2. Do you want to win funds for your professional development so that you can get more experience in your field’s major conferences?
  3. Do you want your research known to a broader audience at UConn and beyond?

What are the next steps?

There are two stages to the competition, the local UConn competition and the global competition. If you win the UConn portion, you will receive support to professionally record your video at the Storrs campus to submit to the global competition. If you are an active doctoral student who has completed one year of your program, you are warmly invited to take part in this competition.

  • Even if you haven’t taken your qualifying exam, consider being a part of the audience in preparation for for the competition in future years (3MT is a yearly event). You may even take part as a judge for our people-choice award!


Watch our interest session video for an introduction to the 3MT competition.


Please submit your video by March 11 for consideration to be a part of the UConn finals. The 3MT committee will meet soon thereafter and you will be notified about whether you will be invited to present your three-minute thesis at the Student Union Theatre on Friday, April 5 from 3:00-5:00, the culminating event of National Graduate Appreciation Week. Here, a panel of illustrious judges will choose the winner to nominate for the international competition and two runner-up prizes. The Graduate School will provide opportunities to practice and personalized feedback on your presentations in the build up to the competition,

How to quickly and easily record your video

Spend more time thinking about your three-minute thesis and less time dealing with technology. This year we have implemented an easy online platform for you to record your video. You can do it with a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. To see how easy it is, just take a look at the following video. It is important that you watch this video if you plan on submitting as it includes instructions on how to submit your video.

What happens if my submission is successful?

After March 11, the 3MT committee will meet to review all the videos and invite successful presenters to give a live presentation of their three minute thesis on Friday, April 5 (Location Student Union) between 3:00 and 5:00 for the UConn competition. At this event, a panel of judges will select the winner, who will move on to the international competition, and two runner-up prizes. The Graduate School will be providing individuals the opportunity to test-run and gain valuable feedback on their presentations in the lead up to the finals.

Come join us for 3MT 2019

Imagine having a professionally-shaped 3 minute presentation that you could share with future employers in academia, industry, or non-profits. Not only can taking part in this competition help you to continue to develop how you communicate doctoral research to those outside your research area but it can also be a perfect supplement to your online career portfolio as you move toward your graduation date.


Meet Armin Rad, UConn Graduate Student. Biomedical Engineering who won the UConn 3MT competition in 2017/2018.

Meet Islam Mosa, UConn Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry. The People’s Choice Award winner in the Universitas 21 (U21) 3MT® International Competition 2017.