Three Minute Thesis Competition

Save the Date: February 16, 2023
180 Seconds to Present Your Thesis

An 80,000-word thesis would take nine hours to present in full. The Three Minute Thesis Competition challenges students to present their work clearly and concisely.

3MT® at NDSU

On February 4, 2015, the NDSU Graduate School hosted its first Three Minute Thesis competition. Twenty-five graduate students participated in five preliminary rounds; the winner of each round received $250 and went on to compete in the final round, with the grand champion winning $1,000.

Since then, we've had over 200 graduate students showcase their research for staff, faculty, fellow students, and community leaders. 

Past 3MT Winners


The History of 3MT®

The first Three Minute Thesis Competition was held at the University of Queensland in 2008. The idea spread quickly, and universities around the world now host events. Graduate students compete to be the best presenter of their research and its significance, in terms anyone can understand and in only three minutes.