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Three Minute Thesis Competition

The TCU College of Science & Engineering (CSE) will host its 2nd annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition the Fall 2015 semester. This competition will serve as a qualifier to the TCU University level 3MT® competition, scheduled for Spring 2016.

What is 3MT®?

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, which challenges research graduate students to present a compelling oration on their thesis/dissertation topic and its significance in just three minutes while using language appropriate for a “non-specialist” audience.

Why participate?

3MT® will help students prepare an “elevator pitch” for their research, which is useful at professional conferences, presenting at the CSE Student Research Symposium (SRS), in job interviews etc.


All CSE research (MS or Ph.D. track) graduate students are eligible to compete. Students must present on the research that will culminate in either their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. Previous 1st Prize winners of the 3MT competition are not eligible to compete.

Cash Prizes!

1st Prize – $1,000
Runner up – $750
People’s Choice – $500


The competition is divided into a set of preliminary qualifying rounds from which six finalists will be selected to compete in a final live competition.


Questions may be directed to Senior Associate Dean Magnus Rittby (

For additional information on 3MT® visit

The CSE Three Minute Thesis competition is brought to you by the CSE Science Communication initiative (SciCom) and the CSE Vectors Office.
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a trademark of The University of Queensland and is used by permission.

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