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UMD Three-Minute Thesis Competition

The University of Maryland Graduate School invites post-candidacy doctoral students from all disciplines to compete in the annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT).  The 3MT competition challenges students to communicate the significance of their research projects to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes. 

The competition takes place during a two-week period in the Spring.  On March 30th, we invite applicants to present their three-minute oral presentation to a Campus Selection Committee.  The Committee will select up to 10 students to advance to stage 2 of the competition. Stage 2 occurs during Graduate Research Appreciation Day (GRAD Day) on April 5, 2017.  Please view last year's award winning presentations below.

Eligibility Information:  Eligible students must be enrolled in a UMD doctoral program and must achieve PhD candidacy by June 1, 2017.  Students must also be enrolled for Fall 2017 and expect to graduate no earlier than December 2017.  

Application Deadline:  To register for this competition, please prepare an application package and submit it to the Graduate School by noon on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.


3MT UMD Guidelines and Application


2016 3MT videos

Gabriele Betancourt-Martinez

Theresa Smith Chirles

Pan He 

2015 3MT videos

Carly Muletz Wolz

Thomas E. Winkler

Sowmya Subramanian

2014 3MT videos

Amy Marquardt

Zubin Adrianvala

Pui Yu Ling

Jason Sinclair