Three Minute Thesis Competition

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. It challenges graduate students to make a compelling presentation on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. The competition helps students develop academic, presentation, and research communication skills and the capacity to explain their research to a non-academic audience.

3MT® @ UF

The University of Florida Graduate School in collaboration with I-Cubed and GSAC hosted the first annual Three Minute Thesis Competition on April 3, 2014. Eleven students competed for a chance to win cash prizes. Below is a recording of the event along with the individual presentations of each student.

Event Recording

Full Event Recording (including awards ceremony)

Individual Student Presentations


  • Winner: $500
  • Runner-up: $350
  • People's Choice: $250


  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or movement of any kind, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (eg. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Judging Criteria

Each of the three judging criteria has equal weight. Note what each criterion has in common: an emphasis on the audience.

  • Communication style: Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience?
  • Comprehension: Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  • Engagement: Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?

Contact Information

For more information concerning the competition, please contact Ruth Visuete at