About 3MT


The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students while challenging them to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Since 2011, the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT competitions are now held in over 600 universities and institutions across 65 countries worldwide - including Augusta University.

 3MT Developed by Queensland University

Can you present your thesis in only three minutes? Take the challenge!

The Augusta University 3MT competition is an excellent professional development opportunity to enhance your storytelling and presentation skills.

As a participant, you can gain skills and learn strategies to:

  • Capture and hold the attention of a large audience
  • Effectively use voice inflection, body language, and gestures to teach
  • Create an educational visual aid in support of a presentation
  • Deliver a message that will be retained by the audience
  • Articulate how your research benefits society (broader impacts)

Honing these skills will serve you well in: in job interviews, oral presentations, team building, study sections, at conferences, and when writing effective manuscripts and grant applications.  Ready to improve your ability to communicate scientific information?

Why should you participate in the 3MT?  

Listen to what Dr. Browning and some past participants have to say...


Darren Browning, PhD
Co-Program Director (3MT)
Graduate Program Director
Department of Biochemistry & Cancer Biology

Pamela Hayward, PhD
Co-Program Director (3MT)
Department of Communications

Jennifer Sullivan, PhD
The Graduate School

Patrica Cameron, PhD
Vice Dean
The Graduate School