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Deadline: April 9

Please read the Rules and view some winning presentations.

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Caltech Library is hosting its second annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition on April 27, 2017. Created by the University of Queensland, the contest challenges final year PhD students to explain their research in an engaging and clear 3-minute talk intended for a non-specialist audience. Participants are allowed to use a single, static Power Point slide, shown at the beginning of the talk.

View past 3MT presentations from around the world.

15 finalists will be selected from the pool of video submissions to present their talks, live, at the finals on April 27.


1st place — $1,000
2nd place — $500
3rd place — $100 Gift Card
People’s Choice — Special Gift

Important Dates

March 9 – April 9: Students submit videos of their talks. The Library will provide space and equipment for students to create their videos and a means of submission. The Library will review the submissions to determine eligibility to proceed to the preliminary round of judging the following week.

April 9: Deadline to register for the competition. Completed registrations must include Author’s Rights Authorization, Student Biography, and Presentation Abstract for Final Competition as well as the uploaded 3-minute video presentation.

April 10 – April 19: The preliminary judging of all eligible submissions is conducted to determine the 15 finalists.

April 20: The 15 finalists are notified.

April 27: The final round takes place, live! The preliminary judges plus three additional guest judges will vote to determine the 1st and 2nd place winners. The People’s Choice award will be chosen through live polling. The competition will run from 2:00–4:00 pm in Ramo Auditorium, and a reception will follow from 4:00–5:00 pm.

2016 Winners