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UMD Three-Minute Thesis Competition

The Final Round Campus Level 3MT Competition was on April 6th.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Campus-Level 3MT Competition:

Jacob Bringewatt, Physics
Shari Feldman, Musical Art
Victoria Ledford, Communication
Kelsey McCurdy, School Psychology
Amanda O'Shaughnessy, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Sarah Rothman, Environmental Science and Technology

The 3MT competition challenges students to communicate the significance of their research projects to a non-specialist audience in just THREE MINUTES! The University of Maryland Graduate School invites graduate students from all disciplines to compete in the annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT).  The competitions take place in March and April.

Participation in the 3MT competition provides students with...

  • Experience in presentation skills and public speaking
  • Practice talking about their research to a non-specialists audience
  • Better perspective about how their research fits into the larger picture
  • An opportunity to learn how to showcase their work to prospective employers
  • Networking opportunities with students and faculty on campus
  • An overall positive experience that promotes academic and professional growth
  • Recognition and prizes

Registration for the 2022 3MT is now closed.  The first round college-level competitions took place in March, and 20 students have advanced to the final round 3MT competition.

The final round 3MT competition is on Wednesday, April 6th, in the Stamp Student Union at 10am and 11am. Snacks will be provided. The final round competition is open to to the entire campus community.  You may register to attend by going to

3MT Competition Information

Please view the guidelines for the 2022 3MT Competition here

The 3MT competition takes place in two rounds. The first-round college-level competitions is in March.  Questions about the March college-level competitions should be directed to your college-level 3MT competition contact.  

Winners from the first-round competitions win a college-level prize and advance to the campus-level final round 3MT competition. the final round will be held in-person during Graduate Research Appreciation Day (GRAD) on April 6, 2022.  Students must first compete in the college-level competition in March, and be selected to advance to the final round in April.

Preparing for the 3MT

Students who are considering competing in the 3MT Competition are encouraged to take advantage of some of the 3MT resources available to them.  It is also important to read the 3MT guidelines carefully.  Please reach out to your college’s 3MT contact at any time to learn more about your college-level competition.

If you have any questions, please email Program Manager Robyn Kotzker at

Important 2022 Dates for 3MT Participants



Mar 1, 2022

3MT Video and slide due for virtual competitions (instructions TBD)

Mar 1-18, 2022

College-Level First-Round Competitions (virtual, hybrid, and/or in-person)

  • If virtual, you will receive instructions on how to submit
  • If in-person, the college will send date, time, and location

Mar 19 - Apr 5, 2022

Semi-finalists prepare for the Final-Round

Apr 6, 2022

10 am – 12 pm

Final-Round Competition (in-person), during GRAD in Stamp Student Union2

History and Overview of the 3MT Competition

View the History and Overview of the 3MT Competition for more information.

Contact Information

The Graduate School, University of Maryland

2123 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742