Three Minute Thesis

2021 3MT Virtual Ceremony: Monday, May 3, 2021.

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An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present.  Their time limit...3 minutes

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland.

The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of students’ capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.

Master’s and Doctoral students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis or dissertation topic and its significance. 3MT™ is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research but forces students to consolidate their ideas and crystallize their research discoveries.

Registration and Dates

  • Register by downloading the KSU Virtual 3MT™ Registration Form, completing the form, and emailing it to Nikki Palamiotis at
  • Registration will close: April 23, 2021 at 6:00 pm 
  • Video and Slide must be received by: April 23, 2021 at 6:00 pm
  • Competition will take place: Virtual- student will submit recorded slide and video for judging.
  • Competition Awards: Virtual - "Live" Teams Award Ceremony May 3, 2021 at 4:00 pm


  • Currently enrolled master's and doctoral students at Kennesaw State University will be eligible to participate.
  • Students that have already graduated are not eligible.
  • Students should have key results in their presentation; thesis or dissertation should be mostly complete.


  • Virtual 3MT Competition Rules for 2021

Panel of Judges

  • Dr. Phadrea Corso - VP for Research at Kennesaw State University
  • Dr. David Evans - Dean and Assistant VP for Library Services at Kennesaw State University
  • Ms. Mary Kay Boler - Director of Development at Kennesaw State University
  • Ms. Heather Pennington - CEO, ISpeak Business

Judging Criteria

  • Two levels of judging: 
    • Dissertation Students
    • Thesis Students
  • Communication style: was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience? did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes? did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Comprehension: did the presentation help the audience understand the research? did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • Engagement: did the presentation make the audience want to know more? Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research? Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention? Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation? i.e was it clear, legible, and concise


Dissertation Awards:

1st Place  $500

2nd Place  $250

Thesis Awards:

1st Place  $500

2nd Place  $250

*Awards are subject to taxes.

Preparation Resources