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Three-Minute Thesis (3MT)

Three-Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition 

An 80,000-word thesis would take 9 hours to present. Their time limit...3 minutes. 

You're invited to the Spring 2018 Pacific 3MT® Competition!

This Spring 2018, University of the Pacific  Graduate School hosts the University's first annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition.

Who can Participate: This exciting opportunity is open to any active, enrolled Pacific graduate student in good academic standing with the University.

Gain unique and invaluable professional development experience and the opportunity to win student research scholarships and awards up to $1000 and the possibility to present at the WAGS (Western Association of Graduate Schools Conference).

When and Where

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
(doors open 3:30 p.m.)

DeRosa University Center Ballroom A
Calendar Invitation


$1000 Final Winner

$ 500 Final Runner-Up
$ 300 People's Choice *

 Don't delay! The deadline to submit your entry via PowerPoint slide is Jan. 30, 2018.

Audience Participation: You can support graduate student research as part of the audience at this free event. Each audience member gets to vote for the People's Choice scholarship winners. Light refreshments will be served at the competition and door prizes will be awarded.

*Each audience member gets one vote by paper ballot. Additional scholarships and prizes may become available depending upon sponsorship.

The 2018 3MT® Competition application is now open for more information, contact Click the link below to apply to participate, volunteer to assist or rsvp to attend the event.

Apply! Volunteer! RSVP to Attend!

What is 3MT®?

The 3MT® competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the exercise cultivates students' academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

The first 3MT® competition was held at the University of Queensland in 2008 with 160 students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT® competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Since 2011, the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT® competitions are now held in over 170 universities across more than 18 countries worldwide.

Why Participate?

Skills development for research candidates
The exercise develops academic, presentation and research communication skills while developing research candidates' ability to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Building a research culture in schools and institutes
3MT® provides a valuable opportunity for research higher degree candidates to come together, get to know one another, and talk about their research. It also provides a supportive environment in which schools and institutes can provide presentation skills training.

Building external relations with the University
3MT® winners may go on to represent University of the Pacific at regional 3MT® competitions, which provides an excellent networking and professional development opportunity. Previous 3MT® finalists have benefited from invitations to a variety of other networking events following their participation in the competition.

Tools for Students

Rules and Judging Criteria 

For Rules and Judging information click here.

Contact us at  or 209-932-2928. More information on the 3MT® Program can be found on

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