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 top three presenters at our Fall 2020 3MT event held on Wednesday, November 18.

Event Winner: Lauren Thomas, Curriculum and Instruction EdD
Runner Up: Khan Mohammad Rabbi, Mechanical Engineering PhD
3rd Place: Anicia Arredondo, Physics PhD – Planetary Sciences PhD Track

Fall 2020 Event Finalists

Congratulations to the 10 doctoral students chosen as finalists for the Fall 2020 3MT event!

Anicia Arredondo, Physics PhD – Planetary Sciences PhD Track
Megan Aubin, Materials Science Engineering PhD
Kristen Iannuzzi, Educational Leadership EdD – Executive EdD Track
Erin Kidder, Sociology PhD
Emmanuel Okogbue, Electrical Engineering PhD
Khan Mohammad Rabbi, Mechanical Engineering PhD
Emily Ross, Psychology PhD – Clinical Psychology Track
Ansu Sebastian, Nursing PhD
Justin Smith, Criminal Justice PhD
Lauren Thomas, Curriculum and Instruction EdD

Fall 2020 Event Judges

We want to thank the following individuals for serving as our event judges!

Michael Aldarondo-Jeffries
Director, Academic Advancement Programs
Interim Director, Office of Undergraduate Research
UCF Division of Student Learning and Academic Research

Corinne Bishop
Social Sciences and Graduate Engagement Librarian
UCF Libraries Research & Information Services 

Brian Creel
Assistant Director
UCF Career Services 

Past Events

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

Fall 2020 Presentations
Fall 2019 Presentations
Spring 2019 Presentations

Eligibility and Awards

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 18, 2020 will depend on the submissions made. The first place winner and runner up will be chosen by an adjudicating panel.  Scholarships will be awarded to the first place winner ($1,000), runner up ($750), and third place ($250). 


Judging Criteria