3MT - Three Minute Thesis

3MT Entries are now OPEN!

Entries close Friday 19 April, 2024.

Heats will be held as part of DocFest, our annual Gradate Research Conference:

  • Monday 20 May 2024 5:00-6:30
  • Thursday 23 May 2023 4.30-6.00, and
  • Friday 24 May 2024 4:30-6:00 (if required)

Finals - TBC August on Port Macquarie Campus

For more information, please contact CSU 3MT organisers.

3MT, 2023

Immerse yourself in the 2023 3MT competition—research presented with passion and precision in just three minutes.

3MT, 2022

See the 2022 3MT competition and witness the captivating presentations that distill complex research into a brief, engaging format.

3MT, 2021

See the 2021 3MT competition and be captivated by the journey of researchers conveying complex ideas in just three minutes.

What is 3MT?

The Asian Pacific Three-minute thesis (3MT) competition is hosted annually by University of Queensland and held in over 900 universities across more than 85 countries worldwide.

Each year thousands of PhD candidates from across the world, including from our own Charles Sturt University, come together to explain to a non-expert audience in plain language the premise of their research in just three minutes with one PowerPoint slide!

What is the point of entering?

There are so many points!

  • Helps you to refine and define your research
  • Helps you to articulate your research and its value clearly and succinctly to a lay audience
  • Helps you to build confidence as a presenter and to engage an audience
  • An amazing opportunity to broadcast and bring attention to your research

Who should enter?

  • Active PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone by the date of their heat are eligible
  • The 3MT competition doesn’t require entrants to talk about results, so even if you’re in the early stages of candidature you can still enter
  • Candidates who currently have a thesis under examination are eligible

Yes, there are Prizes!

  • All participants in the 3MT Heats received a gift from a selection of Charles Sturt merchandise including the options of a Charles Sturt hoodie!
  • Monetary prizes were awarded at the Charles Sturt Final – the Judges’ Choice, Runner Up and Peoples’ Choice Awards.
  • The winner of the Judges Choice Award will represent Charles Sturt at the 3MT Asia-Pacific Finals. Travel costs (from within Australia) will be paid for by the University.

3MT training, feedback and rehearsal workshops

Researcher Development offer a number of workshops to help you prepare, practice, receive feedback, refine and deliver your 3MT presentation.  Keep an eye of the training calandar to register.

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More information

For more information, please contact CSU 3MT organisers - CSU3MT@csu.edu.au