3MT (Three Minute Thesis)


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, Fisher Scientific, 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 Thursday, December 8, 1-3 PM 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 is open until Friday, November 25. Only 20 slots are available, so please register quickly!

What are the rules?

The rules for presentations are listed below. To view a showcase of 3MT presentations, visit the official 3MT website (http://threeminutethesis.org/3mt-showcase).

  • 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!