GSA Presenter during a 3MT presentation

3MT Competition

The Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by students around the world.

Its history: 

  • Developed by the University of Queensland (UQ) 
  • The first 3MT® competition was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 higher degree research students competing
  • Since 2011 the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT® competitions are now held in over 900 universities across more than 85 countries worldwide                                                                                   

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In Western Michigan University's version of the 3MT® Competition, graduate students from all disciplines are invited to apply to present their research ideas, theses and dissertations. 

This competition serves as a platform for graduate students to: 

  • Professionally develop their research 
  • Develop presentation skills
  • Promote and showcase the research conducted by WMU graduate students
  • Increase students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes 
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Spring 2024 Competition

Event Information

  Time: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024
  Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
  Location: Graduate Student Commons (Room 3028), Waldo Library 

Interested in participating as a presenter? Applications are being accepted until January 31. 

Participate in the Competition

Who Can Participate?

All WMU registered graduate students (full- or part-time), including professional students in the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine and WMU terminal or specialist degree programs. 

Scholarship Prizes

  • $500 first place

  • $300 second place

  • $200 third place

  • $100 people's choice

Upon selection from the judges, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) will provide scholarships in the amounts listed above, directly to the student's university account. People's Choice Award   winners will be selected by collective votes from the audience. In addition, the student with the highest score will represent WMU at the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools regional contest and will compete for the chance to participate in the U.S. finals. The winner of the U.S. finals will participate in the International competition.



For further information regarding the 3MT® Competition, times/dates, location, or general questions, please email the

3MT Winners Archive