Student competing in our three-minute thesis competition

Three-Minute Thesis


Can you explain your research in three minutes?

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 attendees are then welcome to cast their votes for best presentation. There is a judge’s winner and two People’s Choice Awards (generously funded by BMS alumna, Ms. Ann Wiegand M.S. '04).

Our students across all programs have competed (and won!) in past events from computer science, information technology, biomedical science, and environmental biology to human behavior, 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.

*The 2021 Hood 3MT competition will take place VIRTUALLY on Thursday, March 25th, from 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Apply Now  - The application deadline has been extended to Sunday, March 14, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET).

Competitor Tips

Judging Rubric

Official 3MT Rules

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.