Three minutes to convey the essence of your research. Are you up to the challenge? Stepping back from technical details and communicating the big-picture motivation for you research is essential, whether you are competing for funding, interviewing for a job, or sharing your work with a relative. For an opportunity to practice this skill, participate in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Three-Minute Thesis Competition, hosted by GWIS Madison and sponsored by WARF, the Graduate School Office of Professional Development, the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Promega, Millipore, and Sigma-Aldrich. The event will be open to the public and presenters will have an opportunity to share their research with a diverse audience. Presentations will be evaluated by a panel of judges for content, comprehension, creativity, and engagement and cash awards will be given to top presentations: first place $250, second place $150, and third place $100.

When is the competition?

The 3MT Competition will be held on Saturday December 16th, 10AM- Noon, 2017 at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery H.F. DeLuca Forum. A reception will follow the event.

How do I enter?

To participate as a presenter, please follow this link to fill out a registration form. Registration will being on October 30th and is open until November 10th. Only 30 slots are available, so please register quickly!

How do I attend?

Want to come support graduate students and learn about research done at the University of Wisconsin-Madison? Fill out this link to RSVP for the 3MT competition and reception! See you there!

What are the rules?

The rules for presentations are listed below. To view a showcase of 3MT presentations, visit the official 3MT website (

  • One static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions or animations are allowed. The slide is presented from the beginning of oration
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes will be disqualified
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs)
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final


See a list of previous winners (and get links to their winning presentations) here!


Thanks to our generous sponsors of this event!

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