3MT 2022

Three Minute Thesis 2022 Heats are coming!

Get Involved!

What is 3MT?

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

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!  Take a look at all the action in 2021.  Watch the finals and other videos, read the many testimonials from students about the value of participating in the 3MT, and see how well you can be supported on the 3MT journey.

But in summary, here are just a few of the good reasons to enter:

  • 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

How does it work?

The concept is simple: one PowerPoint slide (no transitions or animations) and three minutes speaking on stage. Full competition rules can be found here, while the judging criteria can be found here.

Heats will be held online via Zoom and face-to-face on campus if possible, during DocFest22.

Monday 23 May 5:00 -7:00 pm – Online and live face-to-face at Wagga Campus

Thursday 25 May 2:00-4:00 pm – Online via only

Friday 26 May 4:45-6:30 pm (if required)

Heat winners will progress to compete in the Charles Sturt Final, which will be held in July 2021, in Wagga.

Finalists will have their travel costs to and from Wagga (from within Australia) paid for by the University.

The Asia-Pacific Finals hosted by the University of Queensland will be held fully online in October.

Yes, there are Prizes!

All participants in the 2022 3MT Heats will receive a gift from a selection of Charles Sturt merchandise including the options of a Charles Sturt hoodie!

There will also be monetary prizes will be awarded at the Charles Sturt Final – the Judges’ Choice, Runner Up and Peoples’ Choice Awards. Prize details will be finalised and advised in the near future.

The winner of the Judges Choice Award will represent Charles Sturt at the 3MT Asia-Pacific Finals later in 2022. Travel costs to Brisbane (from within Australia) will be paid for by the University.

I really want to be involved! What next?

Key Dates

  • 3MT Café Training registrations close 8 April 2022
  • 3MT Entries close Friday 22 April 2022
  • 3MT CSU Heats will be held online via Zoom on Monday 23 - Friday 27 May 2022
  • 3MT CSU Finals will be held in Wagga Wagga in June-July at a date to be confirmed
  • Asia-Pacific Finals will be held online in October at a date to be confirmed

Information sessions & training

The Academic Literacy Coordinator and the Professional Development team from the Office of Research Services and Graduate Studies will be running a series of workshops this year to help you prepare your 3MT presentation pitch and slides.

  1. 3MT Competition - What is it all about? - 17 March

    Find out more about what is involved, the rules and guidelines and the many benefits for participants in taking part in 3MT.

  2. 3MT Competition - A panel of finalists share their experience - 29 March

    Join previous winners from CSU to learn more about their experiences preparing for and participating in the competition and to discuss any questions that current 3MT HDR candidates might have. This will offer the opportunity to reflect on the benefits of the competition both personally and professionally.

  3. 3MT Training Café (these workshops are only for registered 3MT candidates)
Watch examples of 3MT presentations from around the world here

Useful links:

We look forward to your involvement in this exciting initiative, if you would like further information please contact Charles Sturt’s 3MT organisers at CSU3MT@csu.edu.au

More information

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