Student competing in our three-minute thesis competition

Three-Minute Thesis


Can you explain your research in three minutes? 

Stay tuned for Hood College's 10th Annual 3MT competition, which will take place VIRTUALLY spring 2025!

The 3MT competition was founded in 2008 by the University of Queensland in Australia and is now held at more than 350 colleges and universities across 59 countries worldwide. At Hood, graduate students present their research projects each spring in three minutes using just one PowerPoint slide. No other resources or props are allowed. Students are judged on clarity, pace, audience engagement and stage presence. All audience members are then welcome to cast their votes for best presentation. There is a judge’s winner and two People’s Choice Awards. 

Our students across all programs have competed (and won!) in past events from cybersecuritycomputer science, information technology, biomedical science, and environmental biology to business administration, and humanities. Both master's and doctoral-level students are eligible to compete. Examples of past presentations include topics on the development of an all-inclusive database for the United States space launches; technological tools that help reforestation sites; how to move the United States toward sustainable energy production; racialized economic relationships from the Jim Crow era (domestic servitude) and many more. 

Additional Resources for Competitors:

To be eligible to compete you must fall into one of the following categories:

  • have advanced research to present from a course or thesis,
  • be graduating this coming May,
  • or completed your degree in the last year.
Amanda Wise

3MT Winner Spotlight | Amanda Wise

Amanda Wise, M.S. Biomedical Science Graduate School Graduate Student

"The BMS program allowed me the flexibility and freedom to learn about the things I love for the joy of learning and expanding my skillset, with more opportunity for experimentation."

  • Academics
  • Natural Sciences
Sophie Staires

3MT Winner Spotlight | Sophie Staires

Sophie Staires, Humanities M.A.'20 Alumni Graduate School Graduate Student

Hood’s 5th annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, an internationally recognized event in which graduate students use one slide and three minutes to present their chosen research topic, was held virtually for the first time this spring due to COVID-19.

  • Academics
  • Social Sciences & Humanities
  • Awards