Three-Minute Thesis (3MT ®)

The University of Texas at Tyler

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Could you present your 80,000-word thesis or dissertation in three minutes? Do you want the excitement of competing with other graduate students for cash prizes?

The Graduate School will host UT Tyler's Three Minute Thesis (3MT ®) competition challenging graduate students to present compelling spoken presentations on their research in just 180 seconds, using language that people outside the discipline can understand.


  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations, or ‘movement’ of any kind; 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 other props (e.g., costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are allowed.
  • Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum, and competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations must be spoken word (i.e., no poems, raps, or songs).
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when presenters start their presentation through movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Please Review The Competitors Guide: https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/resources/3mt-competitor-guide 


  • 1st Place - $1,000
  • 2nd Place - $500
  • 3rd Place - $250

Deadline: All submissions must be uploaded by 11:59 PM on Monday, April 1, 2024.

Presentation: The in-person presentations and virtual submission viewing will take place on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM in the Rodney A. Mabry Theater (UC 2114). Results of the competition will be sent by Friday, April 12, 2024.


Currently enrolled master's and doctoral students in all disciplines at the University of Texas at Tyler will be eligible to participate in 3MT®. Work presented must have been conducted at the University of Texas at Tyler. Students should be in the final stages of graduate school, so they have some sound conclusions and impacts from their research. Students who have already graduated are not eligible.


Congratulations to the first, second, and third place winners of the 2023 3MT Competition.

First Place Winner

Participant Name: Sarah Glaesemann
Area of Study: Chemistry
Topic: Synthetic Studies of Dragonamide E and its Potential Treatment of Leishmaniasis    

Second Place Winner 

Participant Name: Danish Ansari
Area of Study: Biotechnology
Topic: Bacteriophage therapy for the treatment of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections in humanized mice

Third Place Winners (Ties) 

Participant Name: Giovanni Josue Cerrato
Area of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Topic: Residential Indoor Air Quality Study- – Assessment and Mitigation Description


Participant Name: Ratri Mukherjee
Area of Study: Electrical Engineering
Topic: A Machine-Learning Approach For The Early Detection Of Adverse Outcomes In Preterm Infants Using Inter Hypoxemia Intervals

3MT competition winners will receive their awards at the Celebration of Research and Scholarship event on April 16, 2024. 

If you have any questions, please e-mail gradschool@uttyler.edu.





The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.