The Three Minute Thesis competition, or 3MT, was developed in 2008 at the University of Queensland, Australia to help students learn how to deliver their work to non-specialists in a short period of time, with just a single visual aid. Since then 3MT competitions have been catching on all over the world.  This year, UVa has been invited to participate in an international 3MT competition with our partners from around the globe in the Universitas 21 Consortium.

In order to choose a single finalist who will represent UVa in this competition, the Graduate Studies Office is organizing a local UVa competition, the winner of which will receive a $500 travel award and have their video advanced to the U21 Grand Final where they will have a chance to win a $2500 travel award to visit any of the consortium member’s universities!

To kick off our competition we’re asking you to make your own Three Minute Thesis video, and submit it to us no later than September 16.  A group of judges will then pick the top six videos for a live UVa Final Competition, which will take place on Grounds in the Nau Hall Auditorium (Rm 101, #44 on the Map) on  October 7, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.  There, each student will present his/her 3MT, live, for our cameras and an audience including an interdisciplinary panel of faculty judges, who will choose a winner, the recording of whom will then be advanced to the final, international competition.