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University of the Pacific
Knoles Hall 2nd Floor, Room 211
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA, 95211


3MT - Three Minute Thesis

Three Minute Thesis Competition

One scholar. 

One slide. 

One panel of judges. 

Three minutes to give it all you've got.

The Graduate School will host its second annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on Thursday, April 4, on the Sacramento campus from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m in the Lecture Hall. Competitors will describe their research in three minutes, using only one static slide, in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. This event is free and open to the public.

3MT, founded by the University of Queensland in 2008, the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition that cultivates students' presentation and research communication skills, and challenges them to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience.

The competition is open to all active, enrolled Pacific graduate students in good academic standing.  Applicants will have the opportunity to participate in info sessions and workshops leading up to the event.

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Event Information

When and Where

Thursday, April 4, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Lecture Hall, Sacramento Campus
Transportation provided to participants from Stockton and San Francisco-
contact for details.


$500 - First-place
$300 -
$250 - 
People's Choice 


March 22 - Deadline to Submit Application Form
March 26 - 
Deadline to Submit Presentation Slide

How to Register to Participate

  1. Download 3MT Submission Form
  2. Submit form to by March 13
  3. Submit your slide to by March 20 

Click here for rules and judging criteria.

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 200 universities across more than 18 countries worldwide.

Additional Information

Information Session Slides

Videos from Last Year's 3MT


Why Participate?
3MT Rules and Judging Criteria