University of Houston 3-Minute Thesis Competition
A 3-minute thesis, or 3MT®, is a skill development activity that challenges graduate students to explain their research project to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes. Besides the time limitation, students are also limited to a single static PowerPoint slide with no additional electronic media or props. Participating in a 3MT® competition comes with various benefits. The competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Additionally, students increase their capability to communicate their research to a non-specialized audience. This year’s event will be live and in person with preliminary and final rounds in the Student Center Theater. The UH 3MT® competitor’s guide and 3MT® Examples are available to assist you in preparing for the 3MT competition.
Finalists for the competition will be selected from a preliminary round which will be held on Friday, November 3 in the Student Center Theater. The 3MT Finals will be held on Friday, November 17 in the Student Center Theater. A reception & awards ceremony will immediately follow the competition. All 3MT finalists will be eligible to receive scholarship awards ranging from $250 to $1000. You must be present at the Awards ceremony to receive a scholarship award.
Register here for the 3MT Competition.
- The graduate student applicant should have research experience and results, the ability to communicate their research to a lay audience and should be a registered graduate student (masters or doctoral level) in good academic standing.
- Students should register by October 23, 2023 TBD.
- If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com
- Media Release Form
- Winners of the 3MT competition will receive awards ranging from $250 to $1000. The UH 3MT winner may compete at the regional competition hosted by the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools in the spring.
Info Session: Getting Started with your 3MT Presentation
In this session, you will learn about this year’s virtual 3MT competition. Slide design and tips for communicating your research to a nonspecialist audience will be discussed. You will develop an elevator pitch that will be the starting point for your 3MT presentation.
Presented by Dr. Sarah Larsen, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
Thursday, October 5, 12 - 1:15 PM, Virtual session.
Register here to learn more.
Important 3MT Dates:
Monday, October 23, 2023: 3MT Registration deadline
Friday, November 03 (10:00am - 2:00 pm) - 3MT preliminary rounds
Friday, November 17 (11:00am - 12:00pm) : 3MT final round in the Student Center Theatre