Three Minute Thesis (3MT) 

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research and scholarship conducted by graduate students around the world. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ),  the competition allows students to share their work with a broad audience. 3MT promotes students’ academic and professional communication skills. Presenting a 3MT increases students' capacity to explain their scholarship while engaging (and entertaining) a general audience. All of this with personal presence and one PowerPoint® slide...


After a successful inaugural competition,  the Graduate School is proud to announce the return of UAF's 3MT competition this Fall!

The Fall 2022  competition will allow students to share their research and scholarship in a way that both educates and entertains a general audience, while developing their communication skills ,and being recognized for their scholarship. 

In addition to competing for cash prizes, this year's winner will be eligible to participate in the Western Association of Graduate Schools' regional 3MT competition in Spring 2023!


cash prizes

3MT at UAF

Get Involved!

Follow along with 3MT updates as they roll out. We will use the mailing list to promote 3MT events like workshop opportunities, lauch events, and competition details.

The Department of Communication and Journalism (COJO).  COJO faculty, Amy May, Director of the Speaking Center, and Rob Prince, Producer and Host of Dark Winter Nights,  will again offer a series of workshops for students to develop and practice their presentation and story-telling skills for this year's competition.
  • September 8 (1-2PM): Workshop #1: The Pillars of Your 3MT | Join the Zoom!
  • September 15 (1-2 PM): Workshop #2: Brainstorming Your Research Story | Join the Zoom!
  • September 20 (1-2): Workshop #3: Presenting your Research as a Compelling Story | Join the Zoom!
  • September 29 (1-2 PM): Workshop #4: Visualizing Your Research Story | Join the Zoom!
  • October 6 (1-2 PM): Workshop #5: It’s All About Delivery via Zoom | Join the Zoom!
  • October 13 (2-3 PM): Workshop #6:  Mock Trials & Feedback | Join the Zoom!

One-on-one with the Speaking Center Coaches 

3MT students are encouraged to schedule one-on-one sessions with the Speaking Center coaches to work on any aspect of content development and delivery.
The Preliminary Heats will be held on Thursday, October 20 via Zoom.

Students will compete within their school/college in the heats and then represent their school/college in the final. 

Preliminary Heat Zoom Links will be shared here at a later date.

The 3MT Finals will be held in-person on the Troth Yeddha' campus. 

Travel Support will be available for students who need to travel to Fairbanks for the finals. 

An in-person reception will follow the final to celebrate all participants.

Thursday, November 3, 2022
Location: TBA (UAF/ Troth Yeddha' Campus)
Time: 4:00 pm

Livestream of the event will be available.


Fall 2022 3MT Launch Event

Spring 2022 3MT Mock Competition

Spring 2022 3MT Finals