3MT Competition Details

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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

The 3MT Competition at Augusta University


1st Place - $1000| 2nd Place - $500| Peoples Choice - $250

Participant Eligibility

  • Currently enrolled master’s and doctoral students at Augusta University (who are in research programs that require a thesis/dissertation) are eligible to participate.
  • Graduates are not eligible.
  • Students must present on the research that will culminate in either their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation.
  • Previous first place winners of the 3MT competition are not eligible to participate.
  • Students in the Biomedical Science PhD programs must have passed their comprehensive exam to be eligible to participate.
  • Students must be must be enrolled as an Augusta University student through the end of Spring semester 2020. 

    • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description, 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 (e.g. 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.


    • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
    • Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
    • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
    • Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
    • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
    • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?


    • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
    • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
    • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
    • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
    • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
    • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?