Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)

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2017 University of Miami Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competitors

The Graduate School is excited to bring the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition, developed by The University of Queensland (click here for information), to the University of Miami.  During the 3MT® competition, doctoral students across departments present their dissertations to a university audience in three minutes using a single PowerPoint slide. This unique opportunity helps students strengthen academic and presentation skills, while promoting cross-departmental connections and interdisciplinary work during the Networking Event held after the competition. The first-place winner, runner-up, and people's choice winner receive a monetary prize.


UM Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition 2018

The 2nd Annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition of the University of Miami will be in April 2018. An information session for prospective competitors will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Attendance is recommend for students who plan to apply as competitors. To register for the information session, click here. Click here to download the flyer for the information session. 

Students who wish to participate as competitors must meet the following eligibility requirements and submit their application (approved and signed by their Research Supervisor) by Wednesday, December 20, 2017, using the link below.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student must be an active doctoral student in good academic standing
  • Student must have been admitted to candidacy
  • Student must be near-completion or have already completed their dissertation by January 15, 2018 (e.g., analyses, conclusions finished)

To complete the competitor application, click here


2017 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition Winners

Click here to view the full recording of the competition with all participants.

First Place

Matthew Phillips
MD/PhD Student Microbiology and Immunology
Presentation Title: Effects of the Environmental Pollutant, PCBs, on the Gut
Mentor: Maria Abreu


Daniel Sheridan
PhD Counseling Psychology
Presentation Title: Sexual Orientation Disclosure and Concealment: A Model-Driven Meta-Analysis
Mentor: Debbiesiu Lee 




Marc Weintraub
PhD Psychology
Presentation Title: Reactivity to Positive and Negative Social Situations in Individuals at High-Risk for Schizophrenia
Mentor: Amy Weisman de Mamani



People's Choice

Karla Rivera Caceras
PhD Biology
Presentation Title: Conversation Rules in Duetting Birds
Mentor: William Searcy