3MT (Three Minute Thesis)

3MT (Three Minute Thesis)

3MT (Three Minute Thesis)
Competition Information

UCF’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) features master’s and doctoral students communicating their research in just three minutes with only one PowerPoint slide. Participants are judged on the ability to effectively convey the importance of their research in an engaging way to a non-specialist audience.

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.

Join us for the 2024 3 Minute Thesis

Morgridge International Reading Center

November 14, 2023
1:00 – 3:30 pm
Light Refreshments will be provided


Applications for the UCF 3MT will open in early Fall 2024. See below for full eligibility.


Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding presentations at the 3MT Finals as follows:

All scholarships awards are contingent on the finalist completing all required activities leading up to the 3MT Finals.


Participants must be currently enrolled UCF doctoral or master’s students actively engaged in research. Doctoral students must be currently enrolled in dissertation hours. Master’s students must be enrolled in thesis hours or completing a long term research project. A competitive candidate should have a well-conceived project (ideally their dissertation or thesis research), compelling data collected, and a novel story to share. The 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 15, 2023, will depend on the submissions made. Master’s and doctoral students will compete separately. All finalists will be required to attend a series of preparation activities to develop their presenting skills leading up to the finals.

The first-place winner and runner-up will be chosen by a panel of judges. Over $4,000 in Scholarships will be awarded to winners at both the master’s and doctoral levels.  


Judging Criteria

2023 Event Finalists

Thank you to the finalists who presented at the 2023 UCF 3MT event!

Meghan​ Kane​ – Industrial and Organizational Psychology MS
Njeri​ Kinuthia​ – Emerging Media MFA – Studio Art and Design Track​
Cory​ Kennedy Barrow​ – Theatre MFA – Theatre for Young Audiences Track​
Dani​ Sarta​ – Creative Writing MFA​
Olivia​ Van Natta​ – Emerging Media – Studio Art and Design Track​
Melanie​ Cedeño-Lopez​ – Feature Film Production MFA​ (Winner)

Nikki​ Barnes​ – Texts and Technology PhD​
Alexandra​ Frank​ – Education PhD – Counselor Education Track​
Yu-Shan​ Huang -​ Business Administration PhD – Marketing Track​
Greta​ LeDoyen​ – Curriculum and Instruction EdD​
Yasaman​ Majd​ Electrical Engineering PhD​
Whitney​ Margaritis​ – Integrative Anthropological Sciences PhD​
Helen​ Mills​ – Nursing PhD​
Ashley​ Morris​ – Public Affairs PhD​ (Winner)
Christopher​ Proppe​ – Kinesiology PhD​
Ilana​ Szlamkowicz​ – Chemistry PhD​

Video Presentations

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