Introducing the Second Annual


Three Minute Thesis Competitions

Created in 2008 by the University of Queensland,

the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) has become an

acclaimed national and international research competition.

The P3 Collaboratory and the Graduate School-Newark

invite doctoral students to present their research

at our inaugural 3MT competition as we partner with

universities across the globe to enhance scholarly

communication, promote publicly-engaged research, and

celebrate our students’ outstanding work.


We also invite masters students to present their research

at our inaugural THREESIS competition. Created by NYU,

THREESIS offers masters degree candidates the opportunity to

hone their research communication skills while showcasing

their scholarly accomplishments. We are pleased to host

this contest in conjunction with the 3MT.


The 3MT competition will teach you how to communicate effectively to academics and non-academics alike, preparing you to present your research at scholarly conferences and to take part in both academic and professional job markets.

The competition also promotes the value of doctoral research to a wider community and strengthens scholarly engagement and collaboration across the disciplines.

Eligibility & Competition Structure

3MT: Eligible students must be active Graduate School-Newark

Ph.D. candidates who have post-qualifying status by the date

of their first 3MT presentation.


A list of eligible Ph.D. programs is available here.

If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact

Ms. Sandy Reyes at the Graduate School-Newark Dean’s Office


THREESIS: Eligibility is limited to students currently

enrolled in any Graduate School-Newark masters program.

Interested students should attend the following:




















Presentations in both competitions are limited to three

minutes. A single static PowerPoint slide is required. 

Students will need to register for the competition

online and participate in one of two preliminary rounds.

Participants are expected to sign a photo and

video release form as part of the application.

The top eight candidates from the preliminary rounds

will advance to the final round of competition, which

will take place on Thursday, April 8, 2020, at 3pm.

Mar. 5th

& 6th, 2020

Preliminary Rounds

3/5 - 2:30pm-5:00pm

3/6 - 2:00pm-5:00pm

Mar. 9th-

Apr. 3rd, 2020

Individual Virtual


February 10th, 2020

3MT Information Session #2


Conklin 449

February 20, 2020

Preparation Workshop,

including Group Coaching &

Preliminary Framing




April 8th at 3pm




1st Place: $1,000

Runner-Up: $750

Audience Choice: $500


The first place winner will be invited to compete in a

regional 3MT or THREESIS competition hosted by the

Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS).


If you are planning to participate in this year's 3MT competition or THREESIS, we encourage you to check out the following online videos:

  1. Competition Rules

  2. Three Tips to Help You Prepare a Winning Presentation

  3. 3MT: The Three Most Common Mistakes

  4. Sample 3MT Coaching Session

If you'd like to see videos of previous 3MT competitions,

please visit the 3MT video archive.

*Please note that preparation workshops are not mandatory for interested participants. However, it is strongly recommended that students attend one of our workshops.

Students that are not interested in 3MT but would like to further develop their scholarly communication and presentation skills are also welcome to attend either workshop.

P3 Collaboratory, Dana Library 

Room 215, Newark, NJ.

Rutgers Graduate School - Newark

Office of the Dean

185 University Avenue

John Cotton Dana Library, Suite 306
Newark, New Jersey 07102

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