Auburn Graduate School to host Three Minute Thesis competition June 27

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Thirty Auburn University graduate students will have three minutes each to present their research to judges and the public in a thesis competition Thursday, June 27, from 1-3:30 p.m. in 1103 Shelby Center. The competition is sponsored by the Graduate School and the Graduate Student Council.

Typically, a student will present an 80,000-word thesis or dissertation in a nine-hour period. The Three Minute Thesis, or 3MT, communication competition challenges students to consolidate their ideas and convey the important parts of their research to a non-specialist audience in a three-minute time frame.

“3MT allows the public to see how Auburn’s graduate students are addressing real-world problems through their research while also giving the students another platform to hone their presentation skills and showcase their work,” said George Flowers, dean of the Graduate School. “The 3MT concept has enjoyed incredible success across the world, and we’re excited to bring it to Auburn University.”

Developed by Australia’s University of Queensland in 2008, the 3MT concept quickly spread to other universities in Australia and the region. In 2010, universities from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji began sending their 3MT winners to a regional Trans-Tasman competition. Over the past few years, the 3MT competition continued to spread throughout the world and is now held at universities in 12 countries.

Auburn’s 3MT will feature two categories: one for master’s students and another for doctoral students. A five-person panel will judge the competitors based on communication style, comprehension and engagement. A winner and a runner-up will be chosen in each category, while members of the audience will also vote on their favorite presentations to determine the People’s Choice award winners.

The winning students will receive cash prizes and plaques.

For more information about 3MT, visit the website

(Written by Chris Anthony.)

Contact: Chris Anthony, Graduate School, (334) 844-2160 (, or Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (