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.  

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