3MT competition

Hello Graduate Students,

In 2017, CEHHS graduate student,  Vincent Price, won the 3MT competition. It’s time to bring back the 3MT award home. Meet with your advisor and discuss entering 3MT.

Another Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition will occur in 2020. The 3MT challenges masters and doctoral students to present a compelling talk on their Thesis/Dissertation topic and its significance. Many theses and dissertations can be over 80,000 words and take hours to present, but students in this competition have just three minutes and one slide to convey their often highly-technical research to a lay audience.  Judging criteria is focused on two core competencies:

  • Comprehension & Content: did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  • Engagement: did the oration make the audience want to know more?

All participants who are preparing a master’s thesis, doctoral dissertation, or who play a major role in research-based projects (including case studies) are eligible to apply and be selected to participate in the 3MT presentations.


  • A single static image or slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.

Interested students need to apply to the college first before potentially moving on to the semi-finals.  If you would like to apply, send your name and title of your 3MT to Hollie Raynor,hraynor@utk.edu, by 1/21/2020.  Applicants will be scheduled to present on 1/29/2020 between 10am and 1pm.  From the presentation, applicants will be selected to move on to the semi-finals.  All individuals who compete in the 3MT final will receive a monetary award.

To view last year’s 3MT finals http://mediasite.utk.edu/UTK/Play/fc2e4900327b4606b9bbd5419017a7cf1d

Hollie Raynor, PhD, RD, LDN


Interim Assistant Dean of Research

College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences

University of Tennessee

1215 Cumberland Ave

229 JHB

Knoxville, TN 37996



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