3MT (Three Minute Thesis)

3MT (Three Minute Thesis)

3MT (Three Minute Thesis)
Competition Information

UCF’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

Doctoral research is presented in a novel and exciting way at UCF’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Doctoral students communicate their research in just three short minutes and with only one PowerPoint slide to non-expert judges while competing to win scholarship awards.

First developed in 2008 by the University of Queensland in Australia, the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT competitions are now held in over 600 universities across more than 59 countries worldwide. 

For questions about this event, please email gradworkshops@ucf.edu.


Congratulations to the winners of Fall 2021 3MT winners held on November 17, 2021:

Event Winner: Boniesta Melani
Runner Up: Chuck Didier
People’s Choice: Sara Belligoni

Fall 2021 Event Finalists

Thank you to the 10 doctoral students finalists who presented at the Fall 2021 3MT event!

Sara Belligoni, Security Studies PhD
Ariege (Gigi) Bizanti, Biomedical Sciences PhD
Chuck Didier, Biomedical Sciences PhD
Sumana Ghosh, Electrical Engineering PhD
Kaitlin Huffman, Chemistry PhD
Boniesta Melani, Education PhD, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Track
Amirfarhad Nilizadeh, Computer Science PhD
Melanie Soderstrom, Criminal Justice PhD
Sreeram Sundaresh, Electrical Engineering PhD
Michael Getachew Tadesse, Civil Engineering PhD

Fall 2021 Event Judges

We would like to thank the following individuals for serving as our fall 2021 event judges!

Melinda Cartwright
First Lady, UCF

Andrea Guzman
Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sherry Rankins-Robertson
Department Chair, Writing and Rhetoric


Participants must be currently enrolled UCF doctoral students actively engaged in doctoral research. A competitive candidate should have a well-conceived project (ideally their dissertation research), compelling data collected, and a novel story to share. Work presented must have been conducted at UCF for the student’s current degree program. The number of finalists chosen for the event on November 17, 2021, will depend on the submissions made. The first-place winner and runner-up will be chosen by an adjudicating panel.  


Judging Criteria

Past Events

Want to see what 3MT is all about? Watch the 3MT presentations from our past events on our YouTube page:

Fall 2020 Presentations
Fall 2019 Presentations
Spring 2019 Presentations