Three-Minute Thesis

An exciting event is back at BU, specially designed for BU Graduate Students, and part of a national competition called “3MT” or Three-Minute Thesis.

In a nutshell, Graduate Students in a Thesis Program can share their research with a three-minute presentation, sharing the intent and aspirations behind their research in a compelling way that can be understood by any member of the public, outside your field. The focus will be on you. No props are allowed, and only one static slide may be displayed.

Your video submissions will be pre-recorded, by you, and uploaded to our Moodle course. Full instructions are provided on Moodle and instructions for joining the course have been emailed to all graduate students in a thesis program.

Presentation videos will also be shared with our wider community, bringing attention to the important and interesting research that you’re doing.

We will select one student to advance to Western 3MT Regionals, which will be hosted virtually next month. From regionals, you’ll have the chance to advance to the national showcase, scheduled for November.

This is a great opportunity for you to highlight the work that you’re doing and improve your presentation skills.

But time is of the essence. There is a strict three-minute limit for each presentation. And videos are due no later than 5 p.m. Central on Thursday, April 22.

Videos will be shared with the public starting Friday, April 23. Watch for them!

A winner will be chosen from each faculty, as well as one overall winner with the best presentation, who will head to Western Regionals. All winners will be announced on Monday, April 26, and the overall winner will have a chance that week to revise and improve their presentation before submitting to Regionals.

While this was new last year to BU, other institutions have a long history of participating.  A simple “3MT” web search is likely to provide you further background information from a variety of university sites.

For more information, please contact one of the instructors listed on the Moodle course.