Three Minute Thesis


Three Minute Thesis competition

The seventh annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at Kent State University will be held in person this year!

3MT was developed at The University of Queensland and is now offered at hundreds universities across the world. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills, as well as supports the development of graduate students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to an intelligent, but non-specialist audience. 3MT is not an exercise in trivializing or 'dumbing-down' research but forces competitors to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries. 

The trademarked name of this event is Three Minute Thesis, but students are able to present research they are conducting for a thesis, dissertation, terminal project, or any other research project in which they are engaged. Students may present on research that is in progress. All currently enrolled graduate students are eligible to participate and compete for cash prizes. Students are given just three minutes and one PowerPoint slide that they can use to discuss their research in an engaging and concise manner. 3MT is great way to fine tune your research presentation skills, not to mention, you will be competing for cash prizes!

The Three Minute Thesis will feature two preliminary rounds:

  • Thursday, October 28 at 12 p.m. in the Kent Student Center, Room 317
  • Friday, October 29 at 12 p.m. in the Kent Student Center, Room 317

The top presenters from each preliminary round will advance to the 3MT Finals on Friday, November 5 at 11:30 a.m. in the Kiva. During the finals, a panel of judges will award prizes to the top three presenters. Audience members will be able to vote for the People's Choice Award. 

Register for the 2021 3MT competition.

You can prepare for the 3MT competition by:

View the Complete Rules and Judging Criteria


  • First Place: $500
  • Second Place: $300
  • Third Place: $200
  • People's Choice: $200