UChicagoGRAD will be hosting the University of Chicago’s second annual Three Minute Thesis competition on May 17, 2019.

Three Minute Thesis, also known as 3MT, is a public speaking competition originally developed by the University of Queensland. The 3MT competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students at the University of Chicago and provides a forum for cultivating academic, presentation, and research communication skills.

In a 3MT competition, you have three minutes to present your original thesis research with only one static slide. Sound difficult? It is! By taking part in a 3MT competition, you have a chance not only to practice your skills in public speaking. You also gain practical experience in how to condense the broad strokes of your research into a clear, concise, and exciting format.

The application deadline for the Three Minute Thesis Competition has been extended to May 6. To complete the application form, please click here. For questions please contact Michael O’Toole: mfo@uchicago.edu.

Who is eligible?

Any student currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at the University of Chicago and writing a Master’s or PhD thesis is eligible to apply. Participants will compete either in the Master’s or PhD category. Students in a PhD or combined Master’s/PhD program must participate in the PhD category.


Each participant’s entry will be evaluated by a panel of judges. For a complete list of judging criteria please click here. To view videos of the 2018 winners, please click here.

  • Overall Winner: $750
  • 1st Runner-up (PhD): $500  
  • 1st Runner-up (Master’s): $500      
  • 2nd Runner-up (PhD): $250 
  • 2nd Runner-up (Master’s): $250
  • People’s Choice Award: $100


Competition Rules and Guidelines:

For a list of competition rules and guidelines, please click here


Competition Timeline:

 April 24, 12:30-1:30pm: Information Session at UChicagoGRAD

April 26, 2:00-3:00pm: Information Session at UChicagoGRAD

May 6: Application Deadline

May 15, 2:00-5:00pm: Preliminary Round if needed

May 17, 2:00-5:00pm: Final Round and Reception