An 80,000 word PhD thesis would take 9 hours
to present. The time limit... 3 minutes.

The 3MT logo from the University of QueenslandFounded by the University of Queensland in 2008, the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition that cultivates students’ presentation and science communication skills. The competition challenges them to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. The competition at CU Boulder will take place in February 2022 and is open to all doctoral candidates who have passed their comprehensive exams and been admitted to candidacy by January 1, 2022.

CU Boulder doctoral candidates admitted to candidacy by January 1, 2022, are invited to participate in the 3MT competition. Register to participate by Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 11:59 p.m.

For more information, contact Hailey Herman.

3MT Professional Development Trainings & Workshops

Applicants have the opportunity and are expected to participate in trainings and workshops leading up to the preliminary rounds and a final competition. These workshops include topics such as:

  • Communicating your research in three minutes
  • Science storytelling
  • Communicating to a general audience
  • Effectively presenting the story of your research
  • Improv techniques for public speaking