Three Minute Thesis Registration 2019

One Thesis. Three Minutes. Cash Prizes (and bragging rights).

On February 22, 2019, the Marquette University Graduate School will host its third annual Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT®). This is a great opportunity for Marquette Graduate students to practice their presentation skills, especially being able to pitch an involved research project in three minutes or less. Did we mention there is a cash prize and it's a pretty great resume builder?

What is 3MT?

The Three Minute Thesis is a global research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland in Australia. This is an academic competition for doctoral and master’s degree students completing a dissertation or thesis.  Take the opportunity to develop your presentation and research communication skills by explaining your research effectively in three minutes to a general audience and a panel of judges. 


Eligibility, Participation and Prizes

Participation Guidelines

  • Students must be enrolled at Marquette University in a doctoral or master’s degree program
  • The program of study must require a dissertation or thesis
  • Students must be enrolled during the spring semester of 2019 and must compete in one preliminary qualifying round.
  • The winner and runner-up from previous competitions are not eligible to compete.  Eight to ten finalists will be chosen by the judges to compete in the final round.  A $1,000 prize will be awarded to the winner, $500 to the runner-up and $500 to the people’s choice winner.  The 3MT® winner will move on to represent Marquette University in a 3MT® regional competition at the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools in St. Louis, Missouri in March of 2019.  Travel and accommodations will be sponsored by the Graduate School.  If the winner is unable to attend, the runner-up will be selected to attend.

Participant Rules


Participant Rules:

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted.  No slide transitions, animations or “movement” of any description are allowed.  The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • No pointers are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Prep, Practice and Present: Key Dates To Consider

Informational Prep Workshop

When: January 24, 2019 from 3-4 p.m.-  Raynor Library Study Room D

An informational prep workshop entitled, “Getting Ready for the 3MT® will be offered.  This workshop will give you tips for a better presentation.


Preliminary Practice Sessions

When: January 31, 2019 or February 7, 2019 (between 8 and 4 p.m.)

Before the qualifying round competitions, each student will be given an opportunity to practice his/her presentation at a designated practice session.  These are closed sessions with no judges or spectators.


Preliminary Qualifying Round Dates

When: February 1 and February 8, 2019 (1-4 p.m.) 

Participants will compete in one preliminary qualifying round.  Judges will provide verbal feedback to each participant.  Eight to ten finalists will be chosen by the judges to compete in the 3MT® final round.


Final Round!

3MT® Final Round Event

When: February 22, 2019 in the Weasler Auditorium from 4-5:30 p.m. 

Here we go! The 3MT event is open to Marquette and the public. Invite your friends and family to cheer you on!


Registration is now closed. 

We hope to see you next year!


Please feel free to contact the Graduate School

Call: (414) 288-7137 

Email: Ida McConnell