3MT Thesis Guidelines


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  •  TBD–  Deadline for submission (Date subject to change.)
  •  TBD- 3MT Competition


  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps, or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.


Faculty, visiting professionals, and staff will serve as judges.

– Communication style: was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience?
– Comprehension: did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
– Engagement: did the oration make the audience want to know more?


There will be one winner and one runner-up . One People’s Choice Award will go to the competitor receiving the most votes cast by attendees.

Winners, runner-ups, and the People’s Choice Award will be given certificates in addition to a cash prize.

Information Release

By submitting a poster/presentation, the applicant authorizes the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Graduate Student Association  and Ecological Sciences and Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Program to share all information related to the poster/presentation (or subsequent award), including a photo, on the internet, in press releases, and in relevant program literature.

3MT Thesis Feb 8, 2018

Note:  Students who compete in this competition are still eligible the compete in The Graduate School’s  3MT competition

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