Three Minute Thesis Competition

A student in professional dress talks into a hand-held mic as she presents her three minute thesis.

Val Andrade, 2023 Three Minute Thesis first place winner.

UC's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition challenges students to summarize their research or scholarship for a non-specialist audience using only three minutes of speech and a single PowerPoint slide.

2024 3MT Competition at UC

Mark your calendar! The 2024 Three Minute Thesis will be held on
Wednesday, February 21, Time TBD
Kresge Auditorium MSB E701

The first place winner of the 3MT competition will receive a $1,000 award. Second place will receive $750, and third place will receive $500The audience will select a people's choice winner, who will receive $1,000. Someone who wins first, second, or third place may also be awarded the people's choice. All prize funds will be posted to the winners' Catalyst student account. 

The winner of UC's annual Three Minute Thesis competition will be registered to compete in the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools' regional 3MT® competition. Travel expenses will be paid by the Graduate College.  

Contact Us

Please email the Graduate College 3MT organizers ( with questions.