November 18, 2022

Grad School - 3MT Competition Now Accepting Faculty Nominations

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Grad School - 3MT Competition Now Accepting Faculty Nominations
It is officially Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition season! To increase academic representation in our 3MT® competition, we are asking that West Lafayette graduate faculty members nominate talented graduate student(s) to represent their academic units. This is an exciting year to participate, as we have increased the cash prizes, which include $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, and $2,000 for the People’s Choice Award winner.
Nominees must be current Purdue graduate students studying at the West Lafayette campus. Each nominee will be contacted by Graduate School staff and encouraged to register for the competition. Nominations are not required for students to submit a draft video; they are simply intended to help the Graduate School identify and encouraged talented students to participate.
I have shared the link to the nomination form below, as well as some additional information about the Graduate School’s 3MT® competition. Please email me, Allison Loy (, with any questions!
  • Nomination Deadline: January 13, 2023
What is 3MT®?
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition that helps graduate students develop academic, presentation, and research communication skills so that they can effectively explain their research to a non-specialist audience. During each competition, graduate students will have three minutes to present a compelling discussion on their research topic, including its significance and relevance, to the general public. This is a fast-paced competition where the top 10 finalists compete by summarizing their two to three-plus years of research in only three minutes with only one slide. 
The cash awards for this year’s competition have been increased substantially, including $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, and $2,000 for the People’s Choice Award winner. The first-place winner will also be invited to compete in the Midwestern Association of Graduate School’s (MAGS) annual 3MT® competition. 
3MT® Timeline
  • Friday, February 10: Draft Video Submission Deadline – Learn more about making a draft video!
  • Friday, February 24: Semifinalists Announced
  • Friday, March 3: Semi-Finals
  • Monday, March 6: Finalists Announced
  • Monday, April 10: 3MT® Rehearsal
  • Tuesday, April 11: 3MT® Competition
Learn more about the Purdue University Graduate School’s 3MT® competition here.
Allison Loy (she/her)
Event Coordinator
Office of Graduate Professional Development
The Graduate School
Purdue University
Ernest Young Hall, Room 160 | 155 S. Grant St. | West Lafayette, IN 47907
o: 765-496-6149