Develop skills

Participation in the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition develops presentation and research communication skills, while honing graduate students' ability to effectively explain the breadth and significance of their research to a non-specialist audience. The ability to clearly and concisely articulate complex research to non-specialist audiences is a vital skill for all graduate students. Participating in the 3MT helps students develop communication skills, allows them to share and take pride in their work, and offers the chance to compete for prizes.

 Foster research culture on campus

The 3MT competition provides a valuable opportunity for graduate students to come together, get to know one another and talk about their research. It also gives undergraduates, alumni, industry partners and community at large the opportunity to be exposed to the breadth of research taking place at the University of Colorado Boulder.

 Build your network

3MT winners may go on to represent CU Boulder at national and international 3MT competitions, which provides an excellent networking and professional development opportunity.

Obtain bragging rights

Have the chance to win up to $1,500 in research funding and impress your friends and colleagues! 

 3MT Award Information

The selection committee will name a first-place and a runner-up award winner. There will also be an Audience's Choice award, which is selected at the finale event via live voting. 

The first-place winner will receive:

  • $1,500 in research funds
  • airfare and hotel accommodations to participate in the Western Association of Graduate Schools 3MT competition
  • a copy of their 3MT video

The runner-up winner will receive:

  • $750 in research funds
  • a copy of their 3MT video

The Audience Choice winner will receive:

  • $500 in research funds
  • a copy of their 3MT video