GSG Three Minute Thesis Competition

by Graduate Student Government

Graduate Student Government (GSG) at Michigan Tech is pleased to announce this year’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. It will be held on Nov. 4 in an entirely in-person format, and the final round will take place at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock.

This competition offers an excellent opportunity for graduate students across the University. It celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students. It supports their capacity to verbally summarize and explain their research in three minutes or less, in a language appropriate to a nonspecialist audience.

About 3MT 
The 3MT competition is an academic research communication competition originally developed by the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2008. Success and the growing popularity of the competition spread the idea across more than 900 universities in more than 80 countries around the globe. The Michigan Tech competition winner will earn the opportunity to present at the regional 3MT competition. Participants are judged on their communication and presentation skills while delivering their content in just three minutes with one static PowerPoint slide.

The competition is divided into two phases: preliminary rounds and a final round. The winner and runners-up will receive cash prizes of $300 and $150, respectively. Additionally, a People’s Choice award will be given to a speaker selected by the audience, with a cash prize of $100.

The event is open to all active graduate students at any stage/path of their graduate studies at Michigan Tech. But, for participating in the final level Asia-Pacific 3MT competition, only active Ph.D. and professional doctorate (research) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of their first presentation are eligible. Graduates do not qualify for the competition.

Registration for the competition is open now. GSG invites and encourages all graduate students to take advantage of this amazing competition. Complete event information and the registration link are available on GSG’s website, or contact Shreya Joshi at