Three Minute Thesis Competition


Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland in 2008. Participants present a compelling oration of their thesis and its significance in three minutes or less. The competition challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience. The College of Education competition will be held in the Community Room, which is located on the third floor of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library, on January 24, 2018, at 5 p.m.


Master's students completing a thesis or Ph.D. students in the College of Education who are enrolled in a course during the winter 2018 semester are encouraged to participate. Students in the Ed.D. program are not eligible to compete.


  • Participants can use only one static PowerPoint slide. (No transitions, animations, or movement are allowed.)
  • No additional electronic media are allowed. 
  • No props (e.g., costumes, musical instruments, models, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to three minutes; competitors who exceed the time limit will be disqualified.
  • Presentations must be spoken word. No poems, raps, or songs are allowed.
  • Participants must deliver their remarks from the podium.
  • Presentations are considered to have begun when participants begin speaking or moving.
  • Judges' decisions are final.

Judging Criteria

A panel of judges will evaluate participants' presentations in four areas: content, comprehension, communication, and engagement. Click here to view the rubric.


Two winners will each receive a $500 scholarship. Both winners will advance to the WSU Graduate School 3MT  competition, which is scheduled to take place on March 6, 2018, during the Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium.





Interested students must sign up to compete by January 19. Click the button below to register.