Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition founded by the University of Queensland in 2008. The competition challenges master's and doctoral students to present a compelling oration on their thesis or dissertation research and its significance to a general audience in just three minutes. IU Bloomington, which hosts its annual 3MT competition each spring, joins over 900 universities worldwide that host local 3MT events.
2023 Competition Eligibility and Dates
Current IUB master’s and doctoral students are eligible to compete. Presentations must be based on thesis or dissertation research or, in the case of non-thesis master’s students, a culminating research project required by the student's program of study. Past IUB competition winners may not enter.
For the 2023 Three Minute Thesis competition, the preliminary round will be hosted virtually and the final round and awards ceremony will be hosted in-person.
January 26, 5pm ET: Submit your recording of your 3 Minute Thesis for the preliminary round (create your video in Kaltura and submit the Kaltura URL).
Use #Hoosier3MT to follow IUB’s 3MT competition on social media.
A single, static PowerPoint slide is required. No slide transitions or animations are permitted. The slide will be visible throughout the student’s presentation. Examples of presentation slides will be provided to registrants.
Students are allowed a single index 3x5” index card for notes, though they are encouraged to present without.
No additional electronic media (e.g., sound or video files) are permitted.
No additional props (e.g., costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment, pointers) are permitted.
Presentations must be held within the three-minute time limit to remain in qualification.
Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, rapping, songs, etc.).
By entering the IUB event, students agree to participate in the MAGS regional competition if selected. In the event the first place winner is unable to compete at MAGS, the runner up will be nominated to participate.
Previous 3MT Winners
Congratulations to the following winners of our Indiana University Bloomington Three Minute Thesis competition!