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An 80,000-word thesis would take nine hours to present.

These students get 180 seconds.

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 research and its significance in terms anyone can understand... in only three minutes.


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 $1000.

Since then, we've had nearly 60 graduate students showcase their research for staff, faculty, fellow students, and community leaders. We look forward to hosting our fourth annual 3MT on February 22, 2018.

Regional 3MT Competition

In March 2017, Tayebeh Anajafi Marzijarani, our grand champion of the 2017 NDSU Three Minute Thesis went on to compete in the Regional Three Minute Thesis competition in Seattle, WA.


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NDSU Graduate School
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