Do you wish you had an answer at the ready when someone says, “So, tell me about your research”?

Apply by May 17th to participate in UChicagoGRAD’s Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) and Research Showcase. This year’s 3MT will take place virtually on Thursday, June 10, 3:00-5:00pm CT.


In a 3MT competition, participants prepare a three-minute presentation about their research using only one static slide. It’s a great opportunity to showcase your work to a broader audience and practice your public speaking skills. Participants compete in a Master’s or PhD category and a judging panel will award $150 to the overall winner and $100 each to the next highest score in the Master’s and PhD category. To participate please fill out the application form by May 17.

Any student currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at the University of Chicago and writing a Master’s or PhD thesis is eligible to apply. The focus of your presentation should be your original research, pitched in an engaging way to a general audience without losing sight of the significance and impact of your work. The winning presenters will have their presentations featured on the UChicagoGRAD website. To see videos of the 2020 3MT winners, please visit last year’s 3MT page.


The application deadline for the Three Minute Thesis Competition is May 17. To complete the application form and for additional information, please click here. For questions please contact Michael O’Toole: