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

2023 Yale’s 3-Minute Thesis Competition

Now in its 7th year, Yale PhD students will have the opportunity to compete in the next iteration of our 3MT competition. This year, we will pilot a new format with preliminary rounds in February 2023 (including cash prizes!) for each of the 5 divisions: Humanities, Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Engineering/Applied Sciences. The 1st and 2nd place winners of each division will move to the Final Round on April 14th.

Click here to learn more about the competition, including the prizes, judging criteria, upcoming workshops and other resources to help you prepare throughout the competition. More details will follow in early January 2023 on the preliminary round schedule including dates and locations.

The Poorvu CTL Certificate for Public Communication

3MT participants who take advantage of OCS and GWL professional development resources and complete in the 3MT preliminary rounds 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.  

2023 3-Minute Thesis Competition Details & Deadlines

Do you have difficulty explaining your research projects to friends and family? Do you wish you could describe your work more clearly in seminars and interviews? Improve your ability to distill your main ideas, demonstrate the relevance of your research …

By Jacob Gonzalez
Jacob Gonzalez Senior Associate Director, Graduate and Postdoctoral Career Services
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2023 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Information Session

Friday, January 20th, 12-1pm (held on Zoom)
SEE ZOOM RECORDING HERE

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 …

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Jacob Gonzalez Senior Associate Director, Graduate and Postdoctoral Career Services
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Matthew Ellis wins 2nd Prize at NAGS 3-Minute Thesis Competition

The Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) hosted their 2022 3-Minute Thesis Competition on April 28th. This competition brought together participants from 31 institutions to present their thesis research live in just three minutes. Yale Ph.D. student Matthew Ellis, Department …

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Jacob Gonzalez Senior Associate Director, Graduate and Postdoctoral Career Services
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Yale 2022 3-Minute Thesis Competition Winners Announced!

The 3-Minute Thesis Competition challenges Ph.D. students to describe their thesis work clearly and engagingly in just 3 minutes! On April 14th we invited the Yale community to cheer on this year’s 11 finalists in this live-streamed celebration of Ph.D. …

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

Applications for 2022-23 are now closed and will reopen in February 2023

McDougal Career Fellows are GSAS students who serve as your ambassadors to the Office of Career Strategy. Career Fellows collaborate with OCS staff, student organizations, other Yale offices, …

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