3 Minute Thesis®

The 3-Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition that challenges PhD students to communicate the significance of their projects without the use of props or industry jargon, in just three minutes. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to quickly explain their research in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience leaving them wanting to know more.

The Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs held its inaugural 3MT competition at the seventh-annual Research Recognition Day on May 22, 2014. Interest has doubled since then.

Watch other 3MT presentations from our PhD students

The 2016 3MT finalists were invited to present their work at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Read about it here.  View pictures from the event.

2016 3MT winner, Dustin Chernick (Pharmacology) gave his talk to the Regents of the University of Minnesota at their recent monthly meeting.

2017 First place winner, Amirtha Yellamilli (Integrative Biology & Physiology), won both the second place and People's Choice Award at the 2017 University-wide 3MT competition, sponsored by the Graduate School.

Preparing Your 3MT