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Three Minute Thesis founded by the University of Queensland

Three Minute Thesis Competition

Finals are Friday, Feb. 18, at 1:30 p.m. Register for the livestream on Zoom.

If you only had three minutes, could you:

  • Explain your research to a prospective employer?
  • Convince a potential donor to support your project?
  • Share your discoveries with a non-specialist audience?
  • Entice others to want more information about your research?

Do you want to improve your communication and presentation skills?

Enter the University of Oklahoma 3MT® Competition!

Winners will receive a $1000-$2000 cash prize!

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia, and is now held at hundreds of universities around the world. This exercise will challenge you to present your master's or doctoral research in just three minutes to a non-specialist audience. As you prepare for the competition, you’ll decide on the most important points in your research, find an interesting way to convey them, then deliver them in a clear, concise, and confident manner.

Finals were conducted Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, at 1:30 p.m.

Thank you to all those who have registered and congratulations to our finalists!

You can check out their videos under Resources by clicking on the link 2022  3MT® OU Competition Finalist Videos.

  • Presentations are limited to three minutes; competitors exceeding three minutes will be disqualified.
  • Competitors will present their research to a panel of judges.
  • Design one static slide to be displayed throughout the presentation. All slides must be submitted as a pdf image (1024x768 pixels).
  • No slide transitions, animations, or ‘movement’ are allowed.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, raps, or songs).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g., laser pointers, costumes, musical instruments, or laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a competitor starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • Decision of judging panel is final.

When deciding what to include on the slide to accompany your presentation, let the phrase "less is more" be your guide.

  • Your slide should be clear and concise. Remember, the judges are concentrating on you and your presentation—three minutes offers very little time to focus on an overly-detailed slide.
  • Choose quality images, and if you include text, be certain the font is clear and easy to read.
  • Create a draft of your slide. Show it to your friends/relatives and ask them to describe what they see. Their objective responses will help you create the most effective slide to enhance your winning presentation.
  • Preliminary rounds of the competition will be held January 31, February 1, and 3, 2022. Competitors will present their research to a panel of judges live at Meacham Auditorium. Prerecorded video entries will not be accepted.
  • Finalists selected will present their three-minute presentation with slide to a panel of judges on Friday, February 18, 2022 beginning at 1:30 p.m. 
  • Prize winners will be announced following the competition. The decision of the judging panel is final.
  • Cash prizes will be awarded.
  • First Place - $2000
  • Runner-up - $1500
  • People's Choice Award - $1000
  • The OU-Norman Graduate College will invite the winner to compete April 6-8, 2022 in the 3MT Competition as part of the annual meeting of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools. Additional details will be forthcoming.

January 6, 2022

  • Deadline for registration.

January 10, 2022

  • Deadline to submit single static slide and title of presentation.

January 31, 2022

  • Preliminary competitions, 9:30-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-3:30 p.m.

February 1, 2022

  • Preliminary competitions, 9:30-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-3:30 p.m.

February 3, 2022

  • Preliminary competitions, 9:30-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-3:00 p.m.

February 10, 2022

  • Finalists will be chosen to present at the final 3MT competition.  

February 18, 2022

  • Final 3MT® competition begins at 1:30 p.m.
  • The First Place, Runner-up, and People's Choice Award winners will be announced immediately after the judges conclude their deliberations.
  • Additional details will be forthcoming.

April 6-8, 2022

  • The winner of the OU 3MT® Competition is invited to compete in the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) 3MT® Competition, as part of the MAGS annual meeting. Additional details will be forthcoming.


Contact Laurie Hurley, Assistant to the Dean, at