3 Minute Thesis

The Graduate College Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT)

5th Annual 3MT Competition

The 3MT competition will be held on Friday, November 1st, 2019 in Glass Hall, Room 101. The competition will begin promptly at 5:00 pm. A reception will follow in the Glass Atrium with refreshments for participants, judges, other audience members including faculty/administrators and community leaders from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The winner of the 3MT competition will represent Missouri State University at the regional competition during the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) annual conference on April 1-3, 2020 in Milwaukee at St. Kate Hotel. 

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. Missouri State University is a participating university in this world-wide competition. For more information please visit the MAGS 3MT website.

Eligibility and process

The competition is open to any graduate student with a research project, thesis or non-thesis (seminar) project. Departmental competitions to determine those who compete at the college level are encouraged, but colleges determine how their nominees are selected.

Each college dean (or designee) can nominate students to present at the university-wide competition, usually after holding a college-wide competition. Each college can nominate two (2) students. Alternatively, for those colleges holding a college-level competition, 30% of the entrants in each college competition can be nominated, up to six (6) contestants. Colleges may also submit names of ranked alternates, in case additional slots are available. College nominations must be sent to GradCollegeServices@MissouriState.edu on October 21st, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.  The program of presenters will be posted on this webpage, stay tuned for date and time.

Graduate students interested in this competition should check with their advisors or college offices as to how and when the college competitions will be conducted.

Each nominated graduate student will provide, ahead of time, one PowerPoint title slide (which can only have student name, graduate program and presentation title – no pictures, images, graphs, etc.) plus one slide to accompany the presentation (no animation allowed). A panel of judges will score the students to determine the winners. Nominees must submit their two (2) slides to GradCollegeServices@MissouriState.edu on October 22nd, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. 

Colleges or graduate program directors/coordinators wishing to learn more about how to hold a competition should contact Sydnie Weiler at the Graduate College office at 417-836-5335.

Additional links

Rules & Judging Criteria

3MT Fall 2019 Flyer

Why You Should Try 3MT!

Past Winners

Past winners of 3MT competition