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Three Minute Thesis

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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia for research students.

Want the chance to win $1,000 in just three minutes talking about your intellectual passion?

Participate in the Office of Undergraduate Research's Three Minute Thesis competition

  • 1st prize: $1,000
  • 2nd prize: $500
  • 3rd prize: $250
  • "People's Choice Award": $250

Undergraduate preliminary round—Tues, April 23 2:00-5:00 

Graduate preliminary round—Wed, April 24 2:30-5:00 

Finals (Undergraduate and Graduate)—Thurs, April 25 2-4 Library Grand Reading Room


  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed. 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 either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.


At every level of the competition each competitor will be judged on several criteria. Judges use a standard 3MT Judging Sheet. Each criterion is equally weighted and has an emphasis on audience. 

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