3 Minute Thesis

The Graduate College Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT)

2nd Annual 3MT Competition will be held Friday, November 4th 2016

The University 3MT competition will be held on Friday, November 4th 2016 at the new Davis-Harrington Welcome Center. A preliminary program for ALL graduate students is anticipated at 4:00 pm, with the competition from 4:30 - 6:00 pm. A reception with refreshments for participates, other graduate students, faculty/administrators, and guests will follow from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. The winner of the 3MT competition will be announced about 6:30 pm.

One winner will represent Missouri State University at the regional competition during the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) annual conference in April.

What is a three-minute thesis (3MT®)?  

Oral communication of a student’s research to an educated layperson is often lacking in graduate programs.  The University of Queensland developed a program where students summarize their research in 3 minutes or less using pre-determined guidelines.  The format is one where students make a presentation in less than 3 minutes; longer presentations are disqualified. For more information please see the link provided: MAGS 3MT

Eligibility and Process

The competition is open to any graduate student with a research project, thesis, or non-thesis (seminar) project.

Each College can nominate students to present at the University-wide competition by October 31st, 2016, usually after holding a College-wide competition. The top 30% of the entrants in each college competition, or three College nominees (whichever is higher) can be moved forward to the University-wide competition (two for AGR). Colleges should also submit names and rankings of students in case additional slots are available. Departmental competitions to determine those who compete at the College level are encouraged, but Colleges determine how their nominees are selected. Graduate Students interested in this competition should check with their Advisor or College Office as to how and when the College competitions will be conducted.

Nominated graduate students will provide ahead of time one PowerPoint title slide (which can only have name, graduate program, and presentation title- no pictures, images, graphs, etc. ), plus one slide to accompany their talk (no animation). A panel of judges will score each student to determine the winners. Nominees must submit their (2) slides to Gradcollegeservices@missouristate.edu by Tuesday, November 1st 2016. 

For questions, please call the Graduate College at 417-836-5335.

Additional Links

Schedule of Events

3MT Nomination Form

Rules & Judging Criteria


Congratulations to our Fall 2016 winners!

1st Place Cassamdra Sherwood Athletic Trainers Need Training TOO: Communication Skills Training to Improve The Patient Interview
2nd Place Arthur Guslim Boost Your Entrepreneurial Sucess
3rd Place Evan Wilson Studying the DNA Repair Protein Rad23 in Tetrahymena
4th Place John Chatwell Effects of Posture on Fall Risk in Community Dwelling, Older Individuals

Spring 2016

1st Place Erick Briggs Do Family Relationships Affect Team Performance
2nd Place Michelle Herridge  Student Identification of Problem Topics in General Chemistry
3rd Place Kelsey Anderson    Friends in low places: responses of a benthic stream fish to intra-guild cues
4th Place Daniel Soden   SERS: Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy