2023 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Information Session

Friday, January 20th, 12-1pm (held on Zoom)


Refer to the Information Session slide deck for more information.

Now in its 7th year, Yale’s 3-Minute Thesis Competition invites Ph.D. students to present their research to the public – in just 3 minutes! You will have the opportunity to:

  • Refine communication skills crucial to both academic and nonacademic job searches and workplaces
  • Share your exciting work with the Yale community, including Alums around the world
  • Win cash prizes in both preliminary and final round competition
  • Record your talk with the Yale Broadcast Studio (only preliminary round champions)

If you are considering participating in this year’s competition, join representatives from the Office of Career Strategy (OCS) and the Graduate Writing Lab (GWL) for this information session to learn about the competition and how best to prepare.

During this session, Yale administrators from the OCS and GWL will walk you through the competition itself and answer any questions you might have. We will describe the opportunity for all participants to earn the Poorvu Certificate for Public Communication as you work through the preparation process. In addition, previous finalists will share their advice and insight on how to leverage the 3MT experiential process (meet our panelists below).

2023 3MT applications are currently being accepted (click here to apply). More details will follow about this year’s competition in early January 2023. Make sure to watch videos of the previous 3MT finalists on YouTube.

Meet our 3MT Panelists

2022 3MT 3rd Place Winner Carson Koepke (Medieval Studies): Centering Saints’ Lives in Medieval Studies

2022 3MT Audience Choice Winner Demar Lewis (Sociology & African American Studies): “Walk it Like We Talk It” Reimagining Community Safety in the United States

2021 Yale 3MT and 2021 Ivy+3MT 1st Place Winner AND 2nd Prize Winner at 2022 3MT NAGS Matthew Ellis (Cellular and Molecular Physiology): Using Stem Cells to Model and Treat Cardiovascular Disease

2022 3MT *TIE* 1st Place Winner Diondra Dilworth (Chemistry): The Ribosome: Modifiable Machine – A Chemist’s Approach

2021 3MT *TIE* 2nd Place Winner Jake Heinlein (Chemical and Environmental Engineering): From Waste to Fuel – Discovering How to Utilize a Greenhouse Gas

Please contact to Jacob Gonzalez, Senior Associate Director, or Serrae Reed, Career Strategy Fellow, with any questions.

By Jacob Gonzalez
Jacob Gonzalez Senior Associate Director, Graduate and Postdoctoral Career Services