3-Minute Thesis Competition

The 3-Minute Thesis competition challenges Yale PhD students to clearly and compellingly describe their thesis to a broad audience – in 3 minutes!  By preparing a successful presentation, students will develop a key professional asset that is just as critical for academic conferences and job talks as it is for a job search outside of the academy.  We welcome all Yale students, postdocs, faculty, and staff to attend this exciting and enlightening annual event!

By participating, students can:

  • Hone communication skills essential to any career path
  • Refine their “elevator pitch”
  • Learn about the research projects of their peers
  • Share their work with the Yale community

The Poorvu CTL Certificate for Public Communication

3MT participants who take advantage of OCS and GWL professional development resources and complete in the 3MT semi-finals are eligible to earn The Poorvu CTL Certificate for Public Communication. For more information about the certificate program, please email Julia Istomina, Assistant Director of The Graduate Writing Lab, at Julia.istomina@yale.edu.

The 3-Minute Thesis Competition is sponsored by the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and is a collaboration of the offices of the McDougal Graduate Student Center. Yale’s competition is modeled on the 3MT® competition founded by the University of Queensland.  

Yale 2021 3-Minute Thesis Competition Winners Announced!

Life in the virtual space became quite normalized in 2020.  And while this trend continued into 2021, new challenges awaited many of us.  One such challenge awaited Yale’s 2021 3-Minute Thesis Competition competitors, where this year’s entire event would be …

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Professional Communication Skills on Display at RITM Research Symposium

The Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration fosters intellectual exchanges that cross institutional, disciplinary, and geographic borders; enrich and challenge academic fields; and foreground underrepresented perspectives.   In 2019, recipients of RITM Research and Conference Travel …

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Yale 2020 3-Minute Thesis Competition Winners Announced!

There are predictable hurdles in turning a massive research project into a succinct 3 minute summary.  More so when that 3 minute summary is intended for a lay-audience, as opposed to experts in that given field!  In any other year,

By Brian Frenette
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Yale 2020 3-Minute Thesis Competition: View Finalists

There are predictable hurdles in turning a massive research project into a succinct 3 minute summary.  More so when that 3 minute summary is intended for a lay-audience, as opposed to experts in that given field!  In any other year,

By Brian Frenette
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3-Minute Thesis Featured In Yale Alumni Magazine

Read about the 3-Minute Thesis Competition here!

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