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Three Minute Thesis Competition


Three Minute Thesis


Wednesday, April 1rd
1:30PM–3:00PM in Marano 132


The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students at SUNY Oswego. This competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and communication skills. The competition supports students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.




The first 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 Research Higher Degree students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Due to its adoption in numerous universities, a multinational event was developed, and the Inaugural TransTasman 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2010. Since 2011, the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT competitions are now held in over 170 universities across more than 18 countries worldwide. In November 2013, the first Universitas 21 (U21) 3MT competition was held with several universities from around the world competing in a virtual competition. 2016 brings an expansion of the Trans-Tasman 3MT competition to include a select number of Asian universities. This competition is now called the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition.



Enrolled Master's students at SUNY Oswego who are working on an original research or applied project. 



• Present original research/project (completed or ongoing) to a non-specialized audience.
• Utilize a single static PowerPoint slide.
• Presentations must be 3 minutes or less.



• Winner: $500 
• Runner-up: $250 
• People’s Choice: $250
One People's Choice Winner will be selected from all participants. Voting for the People's Choice will take place live at the event.

Judging Criteria

Each competitor will be assessed on the judging criteria listed below. Each criterion is equally weighted and has an emphasis on audience.


Comprehension & Content

• Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
• Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research/project and its significance?
• Did the presentation clearly describe the key outcomes or expected outcomes? 
• Were the thesis topic communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
• Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
• Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation – or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?


Engagement & Communication

• Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
• Was the presenter careful not to generalize their research?
• Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
• Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
• Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
• Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?

For More Information

Questions? Contact Michaela Smith or visit Three Minute Thesis (3MT™).
(Videos of example presentations from our recent 2018 competition at SUNY Oswego are available here.)

Registration will be OPEN until March 27, 2020

Register to Present at 3MT
(Quest 2020)


RSVP for the event

Past Event Videos

3MT: EunSeo "Amber" Bang, runner up for 2018 competition

3MT 2018 competition People's Choice winner: Kimberly LaGatta

3MT: Alison Taylor, winner of 2018 competition