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.
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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.
To be selected for the competition, current thesis students should submit a proposal to Susan Daniels, Associate in Public Speaking (email@example.com) 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.