2022 CSGS Three Minute Thesis Competition (in person!)


What is the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition?

The Three Minute Thesis contest challenges graduate students to summarize their research within three minutes to a general audience. The University of Queensland developed the contest in 2008 to help graduate students improve their oral communication skills.

CSGS is sponsoring an in-person 3MT competition at the 2022 Annual Meeting scheduled for February 17-19, in Raleigh, NC. One student from each member institution is eligible to compete.


Institutional Guidelines:

  • Only CSGS member institutions, in good standing, are eligible to compete.
  • The institution must hold its own 3MT competition. Institutions may not nominate a student who did not compete in a local competition.
  • The institution must register their competition with the University of Queensland.
  • Students enrolled in either Master’s or Ph.D. programs may compete. A student’s program of study must contain an original research project.  The degree program need not formally require a thesis or dissertation. However, the presentation topic must cover the original research project.
  • One student per institution is allowed.
  • Students who have graduated between the institution’s competition and the CSGS final are still eligible to compete.


Nomination and Registration of a Student Competitor: The nomination deadline for the 3MT competition is closed for the 2022 competition.



Competition Rules:

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. 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 additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.


Judging Criteria:

Each competitor will be judged on the criteria listed below.

       Comprehension and content

  • Presentation provided clear background and significance to the research question
  • Presentation clearly described the research strategy/ design and the results/findings of the research
  • Presentation clearly described the conclusions, outcomes and impact of the research

      Engagement and communication

  • The oration was delivered clearly, and the language was appropriate for a non-specialist audience
  • The PowerPoint slide was well-defined and enhanced the presentation
  • The presenter conveyed enthusiasm for their research and captured and maintained the audience’s attention


Questions? Contact: csgs.3mt@gmail.com