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.

The 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.

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2021 3MT Competition

Enjoy a recording of Amherst College's 2021 Three-Minute Thesis competion, recorded on May 6, 2021.


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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 Competition

The 2019 3MT ® took place on Thursday, April 25 in Stirn Auditorium. Thesis students compete for cash prizes as they describe their thesis research and its meaning in the world.

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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."