Present your research

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. The 3MT® competition challenges graduate students to summarize their research in three minutes or less to an audience.


  • Students must be enrolled in a master’s program to be eligible to compete in the 3MT® competition.

  • The presentation topic must cover student's original research project. 

  • Students must have been enrolled at some point during the academic year, including the previous summer, in which the MAGS competition is held.


  • First Place: $500 

  • Second Place: $300

  • People's Choice: $200

  • First Place will have the opportunity to represent UNI at the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools regional 3MT® competition with all travel expenses paid for by the Graduate College.

How it Works:


Fall 2022 competition dates TBA. Students will compete in preliminary heat(s) to determine who will advance to the final round. 


The Graduate College will host workshops to prepare students for the 3MT® Competition. Students may use one static PowerPoint slide to enhance their presentation.


All rounds will take place on the same day. All finalists will compete for prizes and the winner will have the opportunity to continue on to the regional 3MT® competition hosted by the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools.

2021 3MT winner

3mt competitors and GC Dean

Save the Date:

2022 Competition TBA

Registration opens Fall 2022.

Preparing for the 3MT® & Keys to Success

Examples & Further Reading