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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition is a global event with over 600 institutions participating in over 80 countries. Thesis students compete for cash prizes as they each talk about their thesis in a compelling and accessible way—in just three minutes! The aim of each speech is to communicate the significance of a thesis in a compelling and accessible way.

Open to Amherst College honors thesis students, the 3MT challenges participants to craft an engaging presentation that is based on their thesis project and accessible to a generally educated audience. The aim of each speech will be to communicate the significance of the thesis in a compelling and accessible way.

This event provides a valuable opportunity for students to hone their ability to communicate their work effectively to a public audience and for departments to showcase their students’ work in a spirit of fun competition. Three cash prizes will be awarded by judges chosen from among Pioneer Valley community members.

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2022 3MT: Three-Minute Thesis Competition

May 5, 2022

Thesis students nominated by their departments competed in the Stirn Auditorium to present the significance of their research in less than three minutes.

Past Events

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2021 Three-Minute Thesis Competition

Enjoy a recording of the 2021 virtual 3MT competition, recorded on May 6. Hosted by Susan Daniels, associate in public speaking, ten thesis students competed to communicate the significance of their research in three minutes or less.

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2020 Three-Minute Thesis Competition

Hosted by Susan Daniels, associate in public speaking, ten thesis students, nominated by their departments, competed to communicate the significance of their research in three minutes or less.

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2019 3 Minute-Thesis Winners

Watch Amherst College's two 3MT award-winning speeches: Deborah Newmark's '19 "Uncovering the Truth" and Huey Hewitt's '19 "Trans Black Incarceration."