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  • Three-Minute Thesis Challenge

  • The Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Challenge is an academic research competition that helps graduate students build effective presentation and communication skills. Participants are allowed just three minutes and one static slide to explain the breadth and significance of their thesis research project to a non-specialized audience. The challenge was developed by the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2008 and is now held at more than 600 universities in 65 countries around the world.

    NSSR's second 3MT Challenge will take place Monday, March 30, 2020, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Below is information on how to apply.

    How to Enter

    There are two steps to apply for 3MT 2020.

    • First, fill out this short form.
    • Next, deliver a one-minute research summary either:
      • In person or via Zoom
      • By uploading a video on the application form

    At this stage, you do not need to have a polished presentation; enthusiasm and passion about your research topic are key! Please refer to the application form for detailed instructions on scheduling and preparing your research summary. 


    All NSSR MA students graduating in spring or summer 2020 and all NSSR PhD students completing any kind of original research are eligible to apply. MA applicants do not need to be writing a thesis.

    Anyone is welcome to be an audience member!


    The top MA and PhD students: $1,000 each
    Overall audience choice: $750
    Overall second place: $500


    Applications are due Thursday, February 6.

    Finalists will be selected and notified by email by Tuesday, February 18.

    Finalists are required to attend two special workshops that will help them hone their presentation and speaking skills.

    Workshop 1: How to Transform Your Research into a Memorable and Persuasive Talk 
    Jennifer MacDonald (Director, Center for Graduate Career and Professional Development) 
    Monday, February 24, 1:00-3:00 p.m., or Thursday, February 27, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

    Workshop 2: How to Deliver Your Talk
    Jussara Raxlen (PhD Candidate, Sociology)
    Monday, March 2, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., or Thursday, March 5, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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    If you need help or equipment to record a video, please email NSSR Academic Affairs or stop by the Academic Affairs Office at 6 East 16th Street.

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