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Florida Atlantic University's Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition

An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present....their time limit is 3 minutes. 

FAU Graduate College will host the University's 7th Annual Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) in Spring 2023! The 3MT® competition challenges gradaute students around the world to pitch their research in only 3 minutes to a live audience. Developed by the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008, 3MT® competitions are now held in over 900 universities across more than 85 countries worldwide. At FAU's annual competition, over $30,000 in scholarship prizes are awarded annually to winners from both the Preliminary Rounds and the Championship. Distinguished FAU community members serve judges and a public vote determines the People's Choice winners. FAU’s 3MT® Championship Award is generously sponsored through the Dr. Eric H. Shaw 3MT ® Championship Award Endowment Fund. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact 3MT@fau.edu.


Watch a live event (details TBA)!


Registration TBA.


Sponsor a scholarship prize.

2023 Competition Schedule

Registration Deadline: TBA
Preliminary Rounds: TBA 
Championship: TBA

Students compete in a preliminary round specific to their discipline; the First Place, Runner-Up, Second Runner-Up, and People's Choice winners from each round advance to the Championship. Scholarship prizes will be awarded to both Preliminary Round and Championship winners. Distinguished FAU community members serve judges and a public vote determines the People's Choice winners.


2022 Championship Winners

Morgan Slevin

"Treating treatment failure: How wild avian microbiomes mediate stress responses, with applications to wildlife rehabilitation"

FAU Championship Winner and recipient of the Dr. Eric H. Shaw 3MT® Championship Endowment Award

Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Advisor: Rindy Anderson, Ph.D.

Amish Mishra
"Seeing Data: For now we see dimly, but soon we will see shape to shape"

FAU 3MT® Championship Runner-Up

Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Advisor: Francis Motta, Ph.D.

Prakash Ankitha Arvan
"Artificial Intelligence (AI) Techniques for Building Stronger and Safer Deep Foundation Systems"

FAU 3MT® Championship Second Runner-up (tie)

College of Engineering and Computer Science
Advisor: Madasamy Arockiasamy, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng.

Haley Davis
"Hyposalinity tolerance of three southeast Florida reef-building corals"

FAU 3MT® Championship Second Runner-Up (tie)

Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Advisor: Joshua Voss, Ph.D.

Jessica Byrnes
"Making It Work: Exploring The Balancing Act of Moms Who Earned a Doctoral Degree"

FAU 3MT® People's Choice Award Winner

College of Education
Advisors: Jennifer L. Bloom, Ph.D. & Jarrett Warshaw, Ph.D.


To view all past 3MT® media, click here.

Thank you to FAU's 2022 3MT® Championship Judging Panel

Kate Arrizza
President & CEO, Cox Science Center and Aquarium 

Jervonte “Tae” Edmonds
Founder & CEO of Suits for Seniors, Inc.

Anna M. Ewing
Board Member, Angel Investor, Former CIO Nasdaq (retired)

Marti Freund, J.D.
Director for Organizational Advancement, Gift of Life Marrow Registry

Rubin Gruber
Entrepreneur, Founder, & Philanthropist

Alice Hudson
Technical Director, Surface Chemists of Florida, Inc.

Kandace Kichler, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Surgeon, Hass Plastic Surgery

Aaron Shapiro
Entertainer, Aaron The Speaker Productions, LLC.

Eric H. Shaw, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Business (FAU), Consultant, & Philanthropist

Robert Schindler
General Contractor CGC 1511657, Stress Relief Inc.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact 3mt@fau.edu.


If reasonable accommodation(s) for a disability is required, contact at  3mt@fau.edu. Please make your needs known at least five days prior to the event for effective accommodations.

The Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.More information on the 3MT® Program can be found on  threeminutethesis.org.