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Three Minute Thesis Competition: Start


Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an internationally recognized competition that challenges PhD students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just 3 minutes, in language that anyone can understand. 3MT is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research but requires students to consolidate their ideas, crystallize their research discoveries and capture the imagination of their audience.

Who's Eligible to Compete?
All CMU PhD Students regardless of year in program. Whether it's your first year or last year, Come one - come all!


Why Compete?
Meet peers from around CMU and hear about what they're doing. Preliminary round winners have their choice of either $1,000 towards their research/travel needs or a $1,000 credit in the University Computer Store to be used at their discretion.


What Happens Next?
Start practicing. All 3MT registrants are scheduled to compete in preliminary rounds between February and March. 


Then What?
Winners of preliminary rounds go on to compete in the CMU 3MT Championship, normally held during Professional and Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Finalists will compete for an additional $500-$3,000 in research/travel grants in the Three Minute Thesis Championship.  Prizes are given for 1st ($3,000), 2nd ($2,000), as well as the live audience-votes for People's Choice ($500) and virtual-vote for the Alumni Award ($500).

3MT at CMU Program Director

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David Scherer
217 Hunt Library
Carnegie Mellon University Libraries
4909 Frew Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213