Three Minute Thesis (3MT ®) Competition

Three Minute Thesis (3MT ®) is a research communication competition originally developed by The University of Queensland in 2008, and now has been widely adopted at universities around the world. The exercise challenges master’s and doctoral students to present a compelling talk on their thesis/dissertation topic and its significance. Many theses and dissertations can be over 80,000 words and take hours to present, but students in this competition have just three minutes and one slide to convey their often highly-technical research to a lay audience.   Judging criteria is centered on three core competencies:

Communication Style: was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience

Comprehension: did the presentation help the audience understand the research?

Engagement: did the oration make the audience want to know more? Three Minute Thesis (3MT ®) is a research communication competition originally developed For more information and sample videos, visit the 3MT ® website at the University of Queensland.

The 5th annual VCU 3MT ® Competition was held Friday, October 18, 2019, at the Academic Learning Commons. 

Monetary awards ($500, $300, and $200) will go to the top three speakers from the final round. The Graduate School will also sponsor the first place winner to compete in the Council of Southern Graduate Schools’ 3MT ® competition at the 2020 CSGS Annual Conference:  held on March 5-7, 2020 in Birmingham, Alabama. 

View VCU 3MT® Competition participants' presentations on VCU Scholars Compass.

2019 VCU 3MT ® Competition Winners

First Place: 

Julia Meade, Pharmacology & Toxicology - Ph.D.
Measuring Depression After Chemotherapy

Second Place: 

Briana James, Biochemistry - Ph.D.
The Role of Ceramide in Asthma

Third Place: 

Isaiah Harvin, Product Innovation – MPI
Visual Elements of Symbolic Product Design on Brand Attitudes: A Semiotic Perspective 

2019 3MT Winners standing in front of classroom 


Pictured L-R: Dr. F. D. Boudinot, Dean, Julia Meade, Briana James, and Isaiah Harvin. 

Previous Winners