Caltech Library is hosted its second Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition on March 13, 2018. Originally created by the University of Queensland, this Caltech contest challenges all currently enrolled graduate students to explain their research in an engaging and clear 3-minute talk intended for a non-specialist audience.

View past 3MT presentations from around the world.

Finalists will be selected from the pool of audio submissions to present their talks, live, at the finals on March 13th in the Gates-Thomas Auditorium (Room 135), from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm with a reception following in the SFL courtyard.

Submissions will be done through this website beginning January 18, 2018.


  • 1st place — $1,000
  • 2nd place — $500
  • 3rd place — $150 Amazon Gift Card
  • People’s Choice (selected by live audience polling) — Special Gift

2018 Winners