What is the 3MT® competition?

In the 3MT® competition, each participant summarizes the importance and impact of their research in three minutes.

Who is eligible to participate?

Any graduate student enrolled in master's, PhD, or doctoral programs may compete.  A student's program of study must contain an original research project.  The degree program need not normally require a thesis or dissertation, however the presentation topic must cover an original research project.  You must be enrolled during the fall semester to participate in the competition!  Fall graduates are eligible to participate, but please note that the WSU winner is expected to present at a conference the following Spring.

 Presentation 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 three minutes maximum.  Competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoke 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.

Events and Deadlines

Anyone who meets the participation requirements is eligible to submit a video to the 3MT® competition.  These videos will be judged by a panel and up to 20 finalists will be selected to compete in the showcase; students will be notified of their selection 2-3 weeks prior to the Showcase.


Video submissions must be uploaded to the 3MT® Blackboard Organization.


Finalists present their research at the 3MT® Showcase.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m | Rhatigan Student Center (233) Santa Fe Trail Room