Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition  

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland.


The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. 


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

UNF Student Union Ballroom, Bldg 58W, Room 3703


Currently enrolled UNF master's degree-seeking students who are active in a thesis track.    

Register Now to Compete!



Deadline to register:    February 7, 2014 

Graduate students enrolled in a research course but are not pursuing a thesis are not eligible for competition. Graduate students participating in a research course or project non-related to a thesis or doctoral students participating in research for a dissertation or non-dissertation project may be eligible to present their research through a poster presentation during the Graduate Research Symposium. 


Winner:  $600

Runner-up:  $350

People's Choice:  $250


  • 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 (eg. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Judging Criteria 

  • Communication style: Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience?
  • Comprehension: Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  • Engagement: Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?