Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition

3MT competition 2018

Go to Curtin’s 3MT competition details for information/dates on Curtin heats and final.

Go to The University of Queensland Three Minute Thesis website for resources, such as the 3MT Competitor Guide, rules (including the judging criteria) and FAQs.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) that celebrates the exciting research conducted by research students. PhD students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. 3MT challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience. Participation will help foster students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills.

The first 3MT was held at The University of Queensland in 2008 with 160 research higher degree students competing. Enthusiasm for the competition concept grew and its widespread implementation by universities has led to the development of an international competition.

Strong support for the competition exists in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia with more than 40 institutions coming together to participate in the 2014 Trans-Tasman 3MT Competition held at UWA. The global reach of the competition can be seen by the extent of participation with universities in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Vietnam also hosting local 3MT events, as captured in the official 3MT Showcase.

The winner of the 2017 3MT competition was Becky White, School of Public Health, for her topic ‘Milk Man: A breastfeeding app for dads”.  Becky competed in a field of 50 competitors at the Australia-Pacific Final at UQ where she finished in the top 10.

In 2014, Curtin student, Sarah Marley, took out first place at the Asia Pacific final.

This is a fantastic opportunity for students to represent Curtin University at a national level as well as win prizes!

Winner of the Three Minute Thesis challenge for 2015 - Adnan Mannan, School of Pharmacy
Winner of the Three Minute Thesis challenge for 2015 - Adnan Mannan, School of Pharmacy
Group photo of 2015 3MT participants.
Group photo of 2015 3MT participants. From L-R: Melissa Scott, Megan Hatfield; Revadee Vyravene; Oliver Tucker; Adnan Mannan; Lucas Marie; Siddier Chambers;Perumal Ponnusamy; Elaine Sutrisna; Ashleigh Wolfe; and Nargess Golshan (absent: Robert Weymouth)