3MT Thesis Guidelines


Any graduate student at Purdue may present in the 3MT.  The topic does not need to be directly related to the Symposium’s theme.  Here are some tools for success:

Jan 27 11:30AM-12:30PM LILY G401

Come learn some useful tips for 3MT success . You will learn how to prepare for and win a 3MT competition.  The workshop will be handled by Dr. Joanne Lax, Graduate Technical Communications and Professional Development Specialist, College of Engineering, Purdue University.

Additional recommendations to boost your chances of winning are included here

We also encourage you to consider participating in the Graduate School’s 3MT!


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  • 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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