Please complete the following information in form  to participate in the Three Minute Thesis. 

Three Minute Thesis (3MTtm) is a research communication competition developed originally by The University of Queensland.  The exercise develops presentation and communication skills and helps graduate students writing theses or dissertations effectively explain their research to a non-specialist audience. 

This year at Research and Creativity Day, the Graduate School is sponsoring a 3 Minute thesis Contest.  Graduate students will have 3 minutes to explain their thesis or dissertation and judges will pick the top 3 speakers.  First prize is $500, second is $350, and third is $250.  Research and Creativity Day is April 28, 2016 in the Kanza Room in Memorial Union.

If you are interested in participating in the 3 Minute Thesis, please complete a very simple form below.


April 28, 2016 from 10:00 - 11:00 in the Kanza Room in Memorial Union.


Winner - $500

Runner up - $350

Third - $250


  1. A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or movement of any type).
  2. No additional electronic media (e.g. sound or video files) are permitted
  3. No props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, lab equipment) are permitted
  4. Presentation are limited to 3 minutes maximum and anyone exceeding 3 minutes will be disqualified.
  5. Presentations must be spoken word (e.g. no raps, songs or poetry)
  6. The decision of the judging panel is final

 Judging Criteria

  1. Communication style – was thesis/dissertation purpose and significance communicated in appropriate language for non-specialist audience?
  2. Comprehension – could the non-specialist understand the research?
  3. Engagement – did presentation make the audience want to know more about the topic?


Contact Dr. Kathy Ermler, or 620-341-5507