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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.

Learn More About the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

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Watch 3MT presentations from around the world


2024 Proposal and Selection Guidelines

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 (which must be no longer than 180 seconds and use only one slide) 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.

Important Dates

To be selected for the competition, current thesis students should submit a proposal to Susan Daniels, Associate in Public Speaking (sgdaniels@amherst.edu) by March 8, 2024. Each department will then nominate up to three students, and from these nominations, finalists will be chosen to compete. Finalists will be offered training and coaching in preparation for the competition, which will take place on May 1, 2024.

Proposals should succinctly describe the thesis project itself, its broader significance, and how their presentation could fit the 3MT model. Proposals should be no more than 1 double-spaced page (about 250 words). Proposals should be submitted to Susan Daniels no later than March 8th, 2024.

Finalists will be notified by email on March 14th.

Questions?

Please refer any questions to Susan Daniels, associate in public speaking, at sgdaniels@amherst.edu.


2023 Amherst College Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

May 5, 2023

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

Past Events

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2022 Three-Minute Thesis Competition

Hosted by Susan Daniels, associate in public speaking, thesis students nominated by their departments competed in the 2022 3MT, presenting the significance of their research in less than three minutes.

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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."